Talk:John F. Kennedy

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Former good article nomineeJohn F. Kennedy was a History good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There may be suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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July 8, 2005Peer reviewReviewed
November 17, 2005Featured article candidateNot promoted
June 29, 2006Good article nomineeNot listed
August 3, 2016Guild of Copy EditorsCopyedited
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Current status: Former good article nominee

June 2022 "Too long" tag[edit]

It appears that there has not been definitive discussion regarding the size of this article and the "Too long" tag in the heading (placed there in June 2022). Of course, there is a lot to talk about, but does anyone have any suggestions for outsourcing or condensing any of this material? The one section "Journalism and personal diary" seems trivial to me, and honestly seems better placed somewhere else such as Conspiracy theories about Adolf Hitler's death, which is what the section predominantly discusses anyway. Other sections could probably be condensed as well. Any suggestions? TNstingray (talk) 16:58, 26 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Agree that the entry from the personal diary is extremely trivial and has no real value here. I have removed it accordingly. Kierzek (talk) 13:21, 31 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 22 November 2022[edit]

JFK was the youngest person elected President however Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest person to assume the president. 2600:1004:B051:DE47:AD0C:8EAE:1CDE:116C (talk) 20:38, 22 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. Article already mentions this. "Forty-three years old, Kennedy was the youngest person ever elected to the presidency (though Theodore Roosevelt was a year younger when, as vice-president, he succeeded to the presidency after the assassination of William McKinley in 1901).[136]" Cannolis (talk) 20:53, 22 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Happy Birthday Mr. President[edit]

"Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and John F. Kennedy talk during the president's May 19, 1962, early birthday party, where Monroe publicly serenaded Kennedy with "Happy Birthday, Mr. President". Change "serenades" to "sang to". (talk) 03:18, 6 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Why? If ever there was a serenade, that was one. EEng 03:22, 6 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2 Chambers of Congress, not 2 "Houses"[edit]

This is a small one - at the end of the first paragraph:

A Democrat, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in both houses of the U.S. Congress prior to his presidency.

I think chambers might be more appropriate than houses of the U.S. Congress.

Coloquially I know we'll often refer to "The 2 Houses", but I would imagine chambers is clearer to most. If only because we'll more often hear the House and Senate. We don't say "The 2 Senates" either, although that could also be loosely correct.

Thank you, hopefully this is a quick one. King Alfreid (talk) 05:40, 4 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (aka "TR") remains THE YOUNGEST POTUS ever — NOT JFK.

The statement made by the White House Historical Association that "At age 43, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the youngest person ever elected to the presidency," is substantially INCORRECT. (SEE:

When TR succeeded to office following the assassination of POTUS William McKinley on September 14, 1901, Roosevelt was aged 42 years 10 months 19 days.

When Kennedy was elected POTUS on November 8, 1960, he was aged 43 years 5 months 11 days; when sworn into office on January 20, 1961 he was aged 43 years 7 months 23 days; and when assassinated he was aged 46 years 5 months 25 days.

In NO CASE was JFK the youngest POTUS to be: 1.) Elected as POTUS, or; 2.) Sworn in as POTUS.

The correction should be noted and made in the article's opening paragraph. M.B.D. (talk) 19:14, 16 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

As you so correctly pointed out, but apparently did not understand, when "TR" took office following the assassination of William McKinley, he was not elected to that office. He assumed the office, per the presidential succession. "TR" was not elected to office until 1904, not 1901. In 1904, when he was elected to office, "TR" was 46. In 1960, when JFK was elected to office, he was 43. Last I checked, 43 is younger than 46. --OuroborosCobra (talk) 20:59, 16 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ohhh! That's very different! Never mind. EEng 22:42, 16 March 2023 (UTC) P.S. Are you sure 43 is younger than 46?Reply[reply]