Family patriarch and merciless businessman Joseph P. Kennedy served as the U.S. ambassador to Britain in 1938. Here, he's flanked by his eldest son, Joe Jr. (left) and his next-oldest son, John. (Associated Press)

After graduating from Harvard College in June 1940, the 23-year-old JFK entered Stanford University as a graduated student the following fall. (Associated Press)

Rose Kennedy with her children around 1923. From left: Rose, Eunice, Kathleen, Rosemary (seated on the ground), John, and Joe Jr. (Barach Studios/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

At the Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut, the teenage JFK (second from right) played on the junior football team.. (Associated Press)

JFK as a lieutenant, junior grade, in the Navy in 1942. (Frank Turgeon Jr./JFK Presidential Library and Museum)

The "well oriented, normal" Harvard freshman has already settled on a career. (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

The skipper of PT-109 in 1943. (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)
War hero John F. Kennedy campaigns for Congress in 1946 in a Massachusetts district. JFK never lost an election. (Associated Press)

Kennedy campaigns in Nashua, New Hampshire, on the Massachusetts border, in January 1960. His only opponent in the state's March 8 presidential primary was the inventor of a space-age ballpoint pen. (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)


Running to succeed the then-oldest president in U.S. history, JFK used paraphernalia that stressed his youthful appearance and the advent of a new decade. (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)