Kennedy’s approval rating peaked at over 80% during his presidency, and among Americans today he is the highest rated president in history, according to Gallup.
JFK was one of nine children.
He was named after his mother’s father, John Francis Fitzgerald, the mayor of Boston.
His great-grandparents came from Ireland to escape the potato famine.
The Brookline, MA home of JFK is a national historic site.
Kennedy was the first Catholic to become president.
With an estimated net worth of $1.1 billion, JFK would have been the second wealthiest president, but his premature death prevented him from inheriting much of his family’s fortune.
He suffered in childhood from whooping cough, measles, chicken pox and scarlet fever.
JFK did not like to wear hats, and for that he was blamed for the decline of the hat industry.
Kennedy’s father Joe made his fortune in real estate, liquor, the stock market, and the then-emerging motion picture industry.