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Phase 2 Individual Project:

Biosketch of John F. Kennedy

Kimberly Karg

Colorado Technical University Online


John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States. This paper includes a bio-sketch of his life and experiences from birth to his death. It also provides psychological explanations of his childhood.


Phase 1 - Biosketch of John F. Kennedy 4

Self and Family 4

Education 5

Honored/Military 5

Political Career 6

Quotes - (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, N/A) 6

His Death 7

Phase 2 - Development and Motivation 7

Part 1: Development 7

Infancy and Childhood 7

Psychosocial Development: Erik Erikson Theory 8

Adolescence: Lawrence Kohlberg's Theory 13

Adulthood 14

Part 2: Motivation 16

Maslow's Theory - Need to Fulfillment 16

McClelland's Human Motivation Theory 18

What I Learned 19

References 20

Phase 1 - Biosketch of John F. Kennedy

Self and Family

John F. Kennedy was born May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts and got the nick name of small blue-eyed Jack. He was one of nine (9) children to Rose f. Kennedy (1890-1995) (Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2013) and Joseph P Kennedy (1888-1969) (Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2013) was multimillionaire who was determined to succeed despite what others thought. He was also the sickest of all his siblings. He had diseases such as "whooping cough, measles, chicken pox, and in 1920 he got scarlet fever" (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, N/A) and survived.

He was named after his grandfather John F. Fitzgerald (1863-1950) (Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2013) called Honey Fitz. Both of his grandfather's did well for themself by becoming "prominent Boston politicians". "Mr. Kennedy was appointed United States Ambassador to England late in 1937" (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, N/A).

At the age of 36, on September 12, 1953,John F. Kennedy gets married to a 24 year old women names Jacqueline Bouvier (1929-1994), whom is a writer for the Washington Times-Herald. 1957 they had their first (1st) child named Caroline. Their second (2nd) child John Jr. (1960-1999), took the nick name of John-John. Their third (3rd) child Patrick born in 1963 died a few days later, and another was still born in 1956 (Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2013). Even with all John had to do with the presidential, he still made time to laugh and be with his family (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, N/A).


Kennedy attended the Canterbury parochial school (1930-31) and the Choate boarding school (1931-35), for adolescent boys in Connecticut, where he played tennis, basketball, baseball, football, and golf" (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, N/A). He also enjoyed reading. When the school year ends, the children all enjoyed swimming, sailing, and playing touch football on Cape Cod. He graduates high school and went to Harvard College in 1936 where he majored in government and international relations with honors. Then he went on to Stanford University for graduates (Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2013). He studied hard and still only managed to get average grades. Then, "John became interested in European politics and world affairs" (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, N/A). He graduated Harvard in 1940.


World War II (WWII) started in 1939 (1939-45; a war in which the Allies--France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, China, and from 1941 the United States--fought against the Axis powers--Germany, Italy, and Japan) (Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2013). Soon after he graduated, after being rejected by the army (1941) because of back issues, he strengthens his back and then joined the Navy, which he made Lieutenant (Lt.) and assigned to South Pacific. Once he "came home he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his leadership and courage" (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, N/A). During John's senior year at college he wrote a paper which became a bestselling book in 1940 called Why England Slept. John wrote a book while he was recovering from surgery. The book title is Profiles in Courage, and it was "awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1957, called Profiles in Courage (1956)" (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, N/A).

Political Career

1946 he ran and won the Congress in Massachusetts' eleventh congressional district which started his political career. He was a democrat who served three (3) terms which is six (6) years in the House of Representatives. 1952 he became a United States Senate. He returned to the senate seat in 1955. He got nominated a candidate on July 13, 1960. January 20, 1961 John was sworn in as the 35th President, the youngest elected at the age of 43 and he was catholic (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, N/A). John was the first president to shoot to the moon by the nation's space program, and one of the presidents to identify with the youth (Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2013).

First (1st) he created the Peace Corps, where volunteers could "work anywhere in the world where assistance was needed. They offer help in "education, farming, health care, and construction" just to name a few. He was the first (1st) president to ask congress to approve more than $22 billion for Project Apollo". 1954, "public schools were no longer permitted to be segregated" (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, N/A).

Quotes - (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, N/A)

* "Ask not what



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