100 Surprising Facts About JFK

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He married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953, and they would raise two children, John Jr. and Caroline. Patrick Bouvier Kennedy lived a few days after his birth in 1963. Another child was stillborn in 1956.

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JFK allegedly had an affair with actress Marilyn Monroe.

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One of his legs was shorter than the other, contributing to his chronic back pain.

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His back problems became more serious in the 1950s, and he had several operations.

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Kennedy also suffered from Addison’s disease, a condition of the adrenal glands characterized by a deficiency of the hormones needed to regulate blood sugar, sodium, and potassium.

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Kennedy wrote “Profiles in Courage,’’ which won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1957, though much of the book may have been ghostwritten by Theodore Sorensen.

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Kennedy, who had serious health issues throughout his life, received the Catholic sacramental last rites on four different occasions before he was assassinated.

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He was nominated for president in 1960, defeating, among others, Hubert Humphrey and Lyndon Johnson, each of whom would run for president in the 1960s.

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Kennedy addressed voters’ concerns about his religion in a speech in Houston in September 1960, emphasizing his support for the separation of church and state.

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During the West Virginia primary, the Kennedy campaign mailed 50,000 personally addressed letters signed by FDR Jr. to impress West Virginia families.