By Attorney Ted Brown
November 22, 2013
50 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States and the youngest President ever to be elected at age of 43. However, he was the second youngest President to serve, following Theodore Roosevelt who took the Oath at age 42 after President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901.
Kennedy served as Lieutenant in the United States Navy, commanding a torpedo boat in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon his return home, he began his political career in 1947 after being elected by the State of Massachusetts to the House of Representatives. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1953 and served there until defeating Richard Nixon for the Presidency in 1960. Kennedy's campaign against Nixon was the first to feature a live television debate between the candidates which served to showcase Kennedy's charm and charisma.
Although brought to an abrupt and tragic end in 1963, his Presidency was marked by his tremendous leadership through many significant events including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the fight against the global expansion of Communism, a nationwide crackdown on organized crime, support for the Civil Rights movement as well as the birth of the space program and Kennedy's personal challenge to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while driving through Dallas in a motorcade at 12:30 pm on November 22, 1963. Oswald fired three shots from the 5th floor of the Texas School Book Depository building located near Deely Plaza. One shot wounded Texas Governor John Connelly. The public assassination, together with the controversial and conspiracy-laden investigation that followed, has left a lasting and dark imprint on the American people. Many historians have described the event at the loss of our collective national innocence which led to much of the political turmoil of the 1960's and beyond.