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American President

John F. Kennedy (1917–1963)

Portrait of John F. Kennedy

Facts at a Glance

Term
35th President of the United States (1961–1963)
Born
May 29, 1917, Brookline, MA
Nickname
“JFK,” “Jack”
Education
Harvard College (graduated 1940)
Religion
Roman Catholic
Marriage
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1929–1994), September 12, 1953
Children
Caroline Bouvier (1957– ); John Fitzgerald, Jr. (1960–1999); Patrick Bouvier (1963)
Career
Author, U.S. Navy Officer, Journalist, Public Official
Political Party
Democrat
Writings
Why England Slept (1940); Profiles in Courage (1956)
Died
Nov. 22, 1963, Dallas, TX
Buried
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
A Life in Brief
John F. Kennedy was born into a rich, politically connected Boston family of Irish-Catholics. He and his eight siblings enjoyed a privileged childhood of elite private schools, sailboats, servants, and summer homes. More »

Kennedy White House Tapes

“Fly Me To the Moon”
“March on Washington”

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Kennedy Multimedia Gallery

Miller Center Kennedy Scholars

Warren Bass

Warren Bass is adviser to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. Formerly the nonfiction book review editor of the Washington Post, he was a staffer on the 9/11 Commission and one of the writers and editors of its report. More »

David Coleman

David Coleman is an Associate Professor who specializes on nuclear and defense policy, U.S.-European relations, and Cold War history. He is Director of the Presidential Recordings Program, where he heads up the Kennedy project and leads the Program’s digital and web efforts. More »

Daniel Galvin

An Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. His primary areas of research are the American presidency, political parties, and American political development. More »

Kent Germany

Kent Germany led research on President Johnson at the Miller Center and co-founded the White House Tapes website. His teaching and research focus on the civil rights movement, presidential politics, recent U.S. history, African American history, and oral and documentary history. More »

Ken Hughes

Ken Hughes graduated from Cornell University in 1986, worked as a reporter and anchor, and as a freelance journalist. As part of the Presidential Recordings Project, Ken coordinates team of scholars reviewing and transcribing President Nixon’s White House tapes. More »

Melyvn P. Leffler

Melvyn P. Leffler, Faculty Associate in the Governing America in a Global Era Program, is Edward R. Stettinius professor in the Department of History at the University of Virginia. He served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at U.Va. from 1997–2001. More »

Erin Mahan

Erin Mahan is Chief Historian of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She previously served as associate research fellow at Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at the National Defense University More »

Guian McKee

Guian McKee is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Virginia. McKee works with the Presidential Recordings Program, where he is the editor of Volumes 6 and 7 of The Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson. More »

Barbara Perry

Barbara A. Perry, senior fellow and associate professor in the Miller Center’s Presidential Oral History Program, is a well-known scholar of the U.S. Supreme Court and the American presidency. She is also an authority on the Kennedy presidency. More »

Rob Rakove

A Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University. Currently, Rakove is revising his dissertation for publication. Rakove received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2008. More »

Marc J. Selverstone

Marc Selverstone is assistant director for presidential studies and associate professor with the Presidential Recordings Program. His work focuses on the recordings of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, with a special emphasis on their foreign policy, particularly that involving Vietnam. More »

Kennedy Reconsidered: A Miller Center Retrospective

Selected Kennedy Speeches

Democratic Nomination (7/15/1960)
Greater Houston Ministerial Assoc. (9/12/1960)
Debate with Nixon in Chicago (9/26/1960)
Debate with Nixon in D.C. (10/7/1960)
Debate with Nixon in NY and LA (10/13/1960)
Debate with Nixon in NY (10/21/1960)
Inaugural Address (1/20/1961)
Diplomatic Corps of Latin America (3/13/1961)
Association of Newspaper Editors (4/20/1961)
Sending a Man to the Moon (5/25/1961)
Berlin Crisis (7/25/1961)
UN General Assembly (9/25/1961)
State of the Union (1/11/1962)
The Space Effort (9/12/1962)
Situation at the University of Miss. (9/30/1962)
State of the Union (1/14/1963)
U.S. Air Force Academy (6/5/1963)
American U. Commencement (6/10/1963)
Civil Rights (6/11/1963)
“Ich bin ein Berliner” (6/26/1963)
Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (7/26/1963)
UN General Assembly (9/20/1963)

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Essays on John F. Kennedy and His Administration

John Fitzgerald Kennedy
A Life in Brief
Life Before the Presidency
Campaigns and Elections
Domestic Affairs
Foreign Affairs
Death of the President
Family Life
The American Franchise
Impact and Legacy
Key Events
First Lady
Jacqueline Kennedy
Vice President
Lyndon Johnson (1961–1963)
Secretary of Defense
Robert S. McNamara (1961–1963)
Secretary of State
Dean Rusk (1961–1963)
Postmaster General
J. Edward Day (1961–1963)
John A. Gronouski (1963)
Secretary of the Interior
Stewart Udall (1961–1963)
Secretary of the Treasury
C. Douglas Dillon (1961–1963)
Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy (1961–1963)
Secretary of Labor
Arthur J. Goldberg (1961–1962)
W. Willard Wirtz (1962–1963)
Secretary of Agriculture
Orville L. Freeman (1961–1963)
Secretary of Commerce
Luther Hodges (1961–1963)
Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
Abraham Ribicoff (1961–1962)
Anthony J. Celebrezze (1962–1963)

Miller Center Presentations About Kennedy

The Kennedy Tapes (9/22/1998)
The Black Revolt of 1963 (4/10/2008)
Kennedy on the Brink of Nuclear War (11/14/2008)
Senator Edward M. Kennedy (3/18/2006)
Vietnam if Kennedy Had Lived (3/20/2006)
Kennedy Assassi­nation—24 Hours After (5/21/2010)

Consulting Editor: David Coleman

Professor Coleman is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia and Chair of the Presidential Recordings Program, overseeing the John F. Kennedy project, at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. His writings include:

Real-World Nuclear Deterrence: The Making of International Strategy (Co-authored with Joseph Siracusa, Praeger Security International, 2006)

Depression to Cold War: A History of America from Herbert Hoover to Ronald Reagan (Co-authored with Joseph Siracusa, Praeger Publishers, 2002)

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