The second Democrat to declare his presidential intentions, and the leading candidate of his party:

Massachusetts' Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 42.

Early Life. Born in quiet, suburban Brookline. the second of nine children of an Irish-American family, he grew up in all the opulence that money can buy. Though Boston's Brahmins scorned the Kennedy clan (both of Jack's grandfathers became highly successful Democratic politicians), Jack and his brothers and sisters spent their childhood holidays in such faraway places as Palm Beach and Rome, hobnobbed with princes and politicians. After prepping at Choate, Jack headed for Harvard. When his multimillionaire father, Joseph Kennedy, became...

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