John F. Kennedy’s campaign buttons were produced between 1960 and 1961. John F. Kennedy, often referred to by his initials JFK, served as the 35th president of the United States from 1961 until his assassination near the end of his third year in office.
On November 22, 1963, when he was hardly past his first 1000 days in office, Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, becoming also the youngest President to die.
Born into the prominent Kennedy family in Brookline, Massachusetts, Kennedy graduated from Harvard University in 1940 before joining the U.S. Naval Reserve the following year. During World War II, he commanded a series of PT boats in the Pacific theater. In the 1960 presidential election, he narrowly defeated Republican opponent Richard Nixon, who was the incumbent vice president.
Kennedy’s humor, charm, and youth in addition to his father’s money and contacts were great assets in his campaign. Kennedy’s campaign gained momentum after the first televised presidential debates in American history. He was the first Catholic elected president.