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- Joseph Kennedy Jr. was killed in action while piloting a plane during World War 2. This was a big blow for the Kennedy family because John’s father was hoping that Joseph Kennedy Jr. would be president of the United States someday. He wanted Joe to become president because he was strong and smart.
- In 1946 John became a candidate for the House of Representatives from Massachusetts. He had a large campaign for his political party. Whenever he travelled to different places in Massachusetts he would persuade people to vote for him. His brothers, sisters and mother supported him too. Robert his younger brother was the manager and his sisters and mother held public events so they could help raise money. The whole Kennedy family was supporting him. Even his father who was an Ambassador in England. Later on in the fall election of 1946, he won a spot in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and also won his reelection bids in 1948 and 1950. He won his seat in the House of Representatives for three elections straight. People must’ve really liked him as a representative.
- On July 13, 1960 the Democratic Party chose John to run for president. John was really excited and asked Lyndon B. Johnson, a senator from Texas to run for vice president with him. Lyndon B. Johnson said Yes. So on November 8, 1960 a heart racing presidential election occurred. John F. Kennedy vs. Richard Nixon. A very close presidential race was happening the entire Election Day. Back and forth, one would be winning, then in the next ten minutes the other was winning. The final results were waiting to be announced to Americans all around the country.
Unfortunately, in his early marriage John’s back needed another operation. Two operations were actually performed. While John was recuperating he wrote a book called ‘’Profiles in Courage”. Profiles in Courage included eight U.S. Senators who showed great honor and bravery. This biography won a Pulitzer Prize in 1957. On November 27,1957 their first child, Caroline, was born. How lucky was he, a beautiful baby girl the same year he wrote his Pulitzer Prize winning book. Soon after, he felt healthier and he began to travel throughout the United States. This man was constantly moving he was like the Energizer Bunny.
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