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John F Kennedy, US President

Among America's most popular presidents, his intelligence, dynamism and sense of humor endeared him to much of the world.

John F Kennedy, 35th president of the USA
President John F Kennedy.

Born in Brookline to a prosperous and politically savvy family, John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) was educated at Harvard College before serving as a PT-boat captain in World War II.

After serving as a US congressman and senator, he was elected 35th President of the United States in 1960, the youngest ever, and the first Roman Catholic.

The Kennedy family compound in Hyannisport MA became nationally famous as a "summer White House," and visitors to Hyannis still enjoy harbor cruises that include a view of the Kennedy property from the sea.

In the center of Hyannis is a small museum dedicated to John F Kennedy, his history, accomplishments and memory

New England has given the United States five presidents:

John Adams (1797-1801)

John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)

Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)

John F Kennedy (1961-1963)

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