John F. Kennedy: A Biography
Every person in the world has strived to be remembered as an important character in other people’s lives. Whether that person knew it or not, they had an impact on others. Some people try to model their behavior off of a specific person that has impacted the world greatly. For many people, that idol is America’s 35th president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. His ability to lead and his determination make him a perfect example of what every person should strive to be. Even though his life was cut short by the hand of an assassin, he lived a life of significance to the United States and to the world.
On May 29, 1917 a blue eyed baby that many people would get to know as “Jack”, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was born into a wealthy Irish Catholic family and was the second child of nine. He was named after his mother Rose’s father, John Francis Fitzgerald, the former mayor of Boston. As a young child, Kennedy was often sick and in and out of the hospital. He overcame ailments such as measles, chicken pox and even the highly contagious and deadly scarlet fever (JFKLIB). For eighth grade, he attended a Catholic boarding school in Connecticut called Canterbury. Here he was known as a poor student in some classes. He was good at English (he enjoyed reading) and Math, but his grade in Latin was below passing. Here at Canterbury, young Kennedy was constantly sick as well and was not gaining any weight. The headmaster of Canterbury took action and put him on a diet consisting of more milk, fats, and vitamins. Along with this diet, he was told to rest for 45 minutes everyday in the evening. Then one day in April of 1931, he suffered an appendicitis attack and had an appendectomy. He was withdrawn from school and never returned, but the school still gave him a full year’s credit. For high school, Jack switched schools, under his parent’s decision, and attended Choate, where his older brother attended (O’Brien).
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