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John F. Kennedy The 35 th President. By: Grant W. Murray. Background. Born: May 29, 1917 Graduated from Harvard in 1940 Joined the Navy PT Boat was Sunk in 1943 by Japanese Destroyer Kennedy Led Survivors to Safety Married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953. Prelude to a Presidency.

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    1. John F. KennedyThe 35th President By: Grant W. Murray

    2. Background • Born: May 29, 1917 • Graduated from Harvard in 1940 • Joined the Navy • PT Boat was Sunk in 1943 by Japanese Destroyer • Kennedy Led Survivors to Safety • Married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953

    3. Prelude to a Presidency • After the War, Kennedy became a Congressman. • He was elected to Senate in 1953. • In 1955, He wrote Profiles In Courage, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in that year. • In 1956 he nearly gained the Vice-President nomination for the Democratic Party. • Four years later he would be nominated for President.

    4. The 35th President • Inaugurated January 20, 1961 • Youngest Man Elected President • Defeated Richard Nixon by Narrow Margin • First and Only Roman Catholic President • One of the Most Memorable Inaugural Addresses Ever Given

    5. Key Events • Civil Rights Struggle • Called for New Civil Rights Legislation • Cold War At It’s Height • Bay of Pigs • Cuban Missile Crisis • Issues in Vietnam

    6. Cuban Missile Crisis • Soviet Missiles in Cuba • The Missiles Were Discovered By American Reconnaissance • Kennedy’s Negotiating Powers • Communicating With Krushchev Through Whole Ordeal • Krushchev Looked To Take Advantage of Kennedy Being “Weak”

    7. Vietnam • Concessions towards American involvement • Had no intentions of sending ground forces to save South Vietnam • Plan to have ALL American troops removed by 1965 • Assassination on November 22, 1963

    8. The Assassination • Kennedy Visited Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963 • Shots Rang Out as the Motorcade Rolled Down Elm Street • Lee Harvey Oswald Was Charged With Assassination • Many Speculations On Who Was Behind the Assassination and Who Actually Did It

    9. The End • Viewed as Weak Leader by Krushchev and Others • Great Communicator and Negotiator • Who knows what happens in Vietnam if he is not assassinated? • Who actually killed JFK?