100 Surprising Facts About JFK

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1.
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.

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JFK was one of nine children.

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He was named after his mother’s father, John Francis Fitzgerald, the mayor of Boston.

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His great-grandparents came from Ireland to escape the potato famine.

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The Brookline, MA home of JFK is a national historic site.

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Kennedy was the first Catholic to become president.

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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.

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He suffered in childhood from whooping cough, measles, chicken pox and scarlet fever.

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JFK did not like to wear hats, and for that he was blamed for the decline of the hat industry.

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Kennedy’s father Joe made his fortune in real estate, liquor, the stock market, and the then-emerging motion picture industry.