The history altering election of November 8,1960made JFK the youngest president ever elected at the age of 43, and thefirst Roman Catholic president.JFK became a name that everyone recognized as a fair and restrained leader.In this election JFK slid just passed the Republican candidate, Richard Nixon, in what was the closest battle for office since 1916.
JFK was born in Brookline Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, on May 29, 1917.He was born second into a family of nine children, to Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.His wealthy family had many tragedies, including the loss of Joseph Jr.who died while on a mission in World War II, and his sister Kathleen who died in a plane crash in France in 1948.
In 1926 the Kennedy family moved to New York City, then to Bronxville, NY a short time latter.Kennedy’s father served in politics for many years.Kennedy, like his father served politics also. In 1946 Kennedy became a candidate for the Democratic nomination of the House from Massachusetts’ eleventh Congressional District and was elected in 1947 and served until 1953, in 1952 Kennedy decided to run against incumbent Senator Henry Cabot Lodge for the United Sates Senate in the November election.Kennedy fought a strenuous campaign and in 1953 took his seat in the Senate until 1961.On September 12, 1953 Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, the daughter of John V. Bouvier, and stepdaughter of Hugh D. Auchincloss.He served in the Senate until 1961 when he was elected President of the United States of America.
On November 8, 1960 Kennedy defeated Nixon by a vote of 34,277,096 to 34,107,646, a difference of 169,450.Kennedy had won the election with 50.1% of the nation’s votes.Kennedy was inaugurated as the thirty-fifth President of the United Sates on January 20, 1961.In his address, he pledged to dedicate the energy and sacrifice of a new generation and new