John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the first president born in the 20th century. He served in WWII as a commander of PT boats in the South Pacific. After the war, he represented Massachusetts in both the House and Senate. He defeated Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential race. John F. Kennedy was the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize and the only Roman Catholic president. Major events during his presidency include the Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, Space Race, building of the Berlin Wall, Civil Rights movement, and increased involvement in the Vietnam War. His youthful energy and young family in the White House vitalized the country. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
John F. Kennedy was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as president. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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