Thirty Spectacular Photos Of John F. Kennedy

Published November 22, 2013
Updated May 22, 2020

A fascinating look at the iconic images and pivotal moments of the life of JFK.

From his decorated war service to his infamous womanizing to his gifted oratory, John F. Kennedy was the world’s first made-for-television politician and statesman superstar.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination in Dallas in 1963, when he was serving as the 35th President of the United States. In the gallery below, we look at fascinating photographs of John F. Kennedy across the span of his life:

Kennedy Family In 1948
The 3 Kennedy brothers -- John, Robert, and Ted -- photographed in 1948.

John Kennedy Photos World War 2
JFK served in the Navy from 1941 to 1945 during World War 2 and was awarded several decorations, including the Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.

John Kennedy As A Senator
From 1953 to 1960, JFK served as a Senator for Massachusetts.

John Kennedy Jacqueline Onassis Wedding Photograph
A year after being elected to the US Senate, John Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953.

John F. Kennedy Photos Sailing

John Kennedy Photos Brothers At The Beach
The Kennedy brothers at the beach.

John F Kennedy Campaigning
JFK campaigning in West Virginia; note the boy on the bottom right.

John F Kennedy Campaigns In West Virginia
John F. Kennedy campaigns in West Virginia during the 1960 Democratic primaries.

Eisenhower Welcomes JFK To The White House
After winning the 1960 Presidential Election, sitting President Dwight Eisenhower welcomes John Kennedy to the White House.

John Kennedy Photos Feeding A Deer

John Kennedy Speech At Rice
Taken during JFK's famous speech at Rice University, where he announced the United States would land on the moon within 10 years.

John Kennedy Marilyn Monroe Photograph
Of his various extra-marital affairs, none is as famous as his romance with Marilyn Monroe. This is the only surviving photograph of the pair together.

John Kennedy Photos Halloween
Halloween in the Oval Office.

Kennedy Vacation
The Kennedy's vacation in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, in 1963.

John Kennedy Accompanies Caroline

John Kennedy Photos
JFK and Jackie watch the America's Cup in September 1962.

JFK And LBJ Tour Cape Canaveral
In 1962, JFK and Lyndon Johnson toured Cape Canaveral.

Kennedy Brothers

John Kennedy Tours The Berlin Wall
John Kennedy tours the Berlin wall in 1963.

John Kennedy Speech In Berlin
Taken before his famous "Ich Bin Ein Berliner" speech in Berlin.

John Kennedy Photos Breakfast With Caroline

John Kennedy Photos Jackie Kennedy

Bill Clinton Meets JFK
A young Bill Clinton meets JFK in 1963.

JFK And Caroline Kennedy

John F Kennedy And Son

John F Kennedy And Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Minutes Before Kennedy Assassination
Moments before the assassination in Dallas.

JFK Assassination New York Commuters
Commuters on the Long Island Railroad read newspapers following John F. Kennedy's assassination.

John F Kennedy Funeral
Charles De Gaulle pays his respect during JFK's funeral in Washington DC.

JFK Jr At John Kennedy's Funeral
In this photo, JFK Jr. salutes his father as his coffin goes by.

If you enjoyed these pictures of JFK, see why the first years of the Kennedy White House were nicknamed Camelot before it came crashing down with John Kennedy's assassination.

Alexander is a cofounder of All That's Interesting with an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in History and Economics and an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies in Economics. He specializes in American history, the Cold War, and true crime.
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