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Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr. (July 25, 1915 - November 22, 1995), often referred to by his initials JPK, was the 34th President of the United States.
After Kennedy's military service as commander of the Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 during the World War, his aspirations turned political, with the encouragement and grooming of his father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate from 1947 to 1952 as a Liberal, until he was selected as Vice President to President Robeson in 1952. After Robeson announced he would not seek re-election, Kennedy was quickly accepted as the Liberal Party candidate for President. He defeated another former military officer, and Conservative Senator from the state of Missouri, Harry S. Truman in the 1956 U.S. presidential election, one of the closest in American history. To date, he is only one of two practicing Roman Catholics to have been president.
Despite a prosperous economy and advancements in the Space Race, continued troubles with the Confederacy plagued Kennedy's presidency and that along with troubles in Vietnam would cost Kennedy the election in 1960.