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Jacqueline Kennedy (JBK Presidency)

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy served as the 35th President of the United States. In the 1940s, she served in the United States Navy and began a political career shortly afterward. Despite being unsuccessful in her first race, she won a senate election which allowed her to represent the people of Massachusetts. As Senator from Massachusetts, Kennedy was believed to have been planning to run for president, despite her claims that she was not interested nor if she were, could she win.

However, after President Lyndon B. Johnson announced in June 1964 that he was not running for reelection, Jacqueline Kennedy announced her presidential campaign in late-July 1964. Over the next few months, she worked towards making her name well-known and her allies within the Kennedy family allowed for her to become a mainstream politician and readily-known political figure in such a short amount of time.

Jacqueline Kennedy was elected in November 1964. After taking office in January 1965, Kennedy was quick to report bouts of sexism within her cabinet, but did not disclose names to the media. Over the four years of her first term, she became a supporter of civil rights, women's rights and other anti-discrimintation laws. This earned her the support of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr..

Kennedy's reelection was won overwhelmingly and she spent the latter part of her years in the White House continuing her policies from her first term. Her vice president, Robert F. Kennedy announced his presidential campaign in 1972. Kennedy supported him and called her brother-in-law a spiritual successor to her.

Kennedy's legacy has been one of great debate, though it has been generally agreed that she was a strong influence on many Americans during the 1960s and early 1970s. Following her presidency, every presidential election had at least one woman running for office. Of these, Laura Bush, Aaliyah Haughton and her daughter Caroline Kennedy have won, all of which citing Jacqueline Kennedy as an inspiration to them.

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