John F. Kennedy

Early Life and Family

What did his father do for a living?

John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Joseph and Rose Kennedy on May 29, 1917.

Joseph Patrick Kennedy was a successful businessman and public official. He worked as a bank president, made large amounts of money in the stock market, and formed a liquor distributorship that profited him handsomely. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He later served as U.S. ambassador to Great Britain.


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