AR8242-C President and Mrs. Kennedy attend the performance of the Black Watch Band. South Lawn, White House.

On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy took the oath of office to become the 35th president of the United States. He was 43 years old at the time and his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, was only 31. What happened in their lives before that historic day? What was life like for them as children and young adults? How did their lives change once they moved to the White House? What did they accomplish as president and first lady?

Explore the links below to learn about the lives of John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Jacqueline B. Kennedy (JBK). You can download and print the Picture Book Biographies, or view them through an online gallery. Access glossaries, answer keys, and activity worksheets by clicking on the links below.


John F. Kennedy

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Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy

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