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John F. Kennedy
Date: 1917 - 1963
Remarks: John F. Kennedy, a Harvard graduate, served in the U.S. Navy, the House of Representatives and the Senate before running for President in 1960. Upon his success, he became the youngest President of the United States, as well as the first to be Roman Catholic. While in office, Kennedy worked domestically to end poverty, invigorate the economy and improve civil rights. He also created the Peace Corps and the Alliance for Progress program. Foreign affairs, however, demanded most of his attention; in particular, the Cuban Missile crisis, involving the USSR and the threat of nuclear weapons. On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was shot and killed in his motorcade while driving through downtown Dallas. The nation was shocked to lose its symbol of youth and idealism, many thought he would have gone on to greatness. He was succeeded in office by his Vice President Lynden B. Johnson. ¿Source: http://www.bartleby.com/65/ke/KennedyJF.html and http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/jk35.html