Photos: President John F. Kennedy turns 100: His life and times

WASHINGTON — The nation’s 35th president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday.

Here’s a gallery of photos chronicling his life, his public service, his family and his legacy.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917.

John F. Kennedy, at age 8, models his “Keystone Kop” costume with sister Eunice, in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Joseph P. Kennedy (center) member of the Harvard class of 1912, poses with sons Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (left) and John F. Kennedy at the class celebration on June 23, 1937.

The future president’s brother later served as a bomber pilot during World War II and was killed in action in 1942. (AP photo)

The future president holds a puppy in this August 1937 photo. (Courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)
Future president John F. Kennedy holds a puppy in this August 1937 photo. (Courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

Future president John F. Kennedy, at right, with his PT-109 crew. (Collections of the U.S. National Archives, downloaded from the Naval Historical Center)
John F. Kennedy, right, with his PT-109 crew in the early 1940s. (Collections of the U.S. National Archives, downloaded from the Naval Historical Center)

John F. Kennedy, front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, is pictured as a 26 year old Navy lieutenant in Los Angeles, January 10, 1944.  Kennedy had just returned from duty in the Pacific where he served as a PT boat skipper.  He was decorated twice by the Navy for his exploits dodging the Japanese by swimming after his PT boat was cut in two by an enemy destroyer.  (AP Photo)
John F. Kennedy is pictured as a 26-year-old Navy lieutenant in Los Angeles, Jan. 10, 1944. Kennedy had just returned from duty in the Pacific where he served as a PT boat skipper. He was decorated twice by the Navy for his exploits dodging the Japanese by swimming after his PT boat was cut in two by an enemy destroyer. (AP photo)

John F. Kennedy
In this Feb. 9, 1944, file photo, U.S. Navy Lt. John F. Kennedy smiles at the Stork Club in New York.

John F. Kennedy, winner of the Democratic Nomination for Congress in the 11th Massachusetts District, relaxes with his dog, Mo, June 22, 1946, Hyannisport, Mass. (AP Photo/Peter J. Carroll)
John F. Kennedy, winner of the Democratic nomination for Congress in Massachusetts’ 11th District, relaxes with his dog, Mo, on June 22, 1946, in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. (AP photo/Peter J. Carroll)

John F. Kennedy campaigns for Congress in 1946. (AP photo)

John F. Kennedy meets with members of the state’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on July 22, 1952. He joined the Senate in 1953. (AP photo)

A photo-booth picture of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier, circa 1953.
In this circa 1953 booth photo, Kennedy is pictured with Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, whom he met at a dinner party in 1951 and later in Washington, D.C., when she was working as a photographer for the Washington Times-Herald newspaper.

Their courtship continued though 1953, some of it captured by the press and popular magazines of the day.

FILE - In this Sept 12, 1953 file photo, Senator John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., leaves St. Mary’s Church with his bride, the former Jacqueline Bouvier, after their wedding in Newport, R.I. The church where the couple was married is being restored in 2016 to the appearance it had on their wedding day.  (AP Photo/File)
In this Sept 12, 1953 file photo, Sen. John F. Kennedy leaves St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island, with his bride, the former Jacqueline Bouvier, after their wedding. (AP photo/file)

U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy is shown with his wife, Jacqueline, on the steps of the Senate on May 23, 1955. The senator returned to work from a long absence after being treated for a wartime spinal injury. (AP photo)

Photo courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum's "American Visionary" exhibit, running May 3- Sept. 17, 2017: Jack with daughter Caroline, Georgetown, Washington, DC, March 25, 1958. © Ed Clark (Courtesy The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Caroline Kennedy peeks at her father from her crib in Georgetown, on March 25, 1958. Photo, © Ed Clark (Courtesy The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Then-Sen. Kennedy poses in his D.C. office on Feb. 27, 1959. (AP photo)

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In this July 9, 1960, file photo, Kennedy makes his way through a crowd of supporters and journalists as he arrives in Los Angeles for the Democratic National Convention. (AP photo, file)

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John F. Kennedy, left, and Kennedy’s pick for vice presidential running mate, Lyndon B. Johnson, pose together at the convention headquarters hotel in Los Angeles on July 14, 1960. (AP photo)

Shortly after his acceptance of the Democratic Party endorsement for President. Senator (and future US President) John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and his wife, future First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994), smiles and waves from the back of an open-top car, Massachusetts, July 1960. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Shortly after his acceptance of the Democratic Party endorsement for president, nominee JFK and Jacqueline smile and wave from a car in Massachusetts in July 1960. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John F. Kennedy, and wife Jacqueline ride in their sailboat near Hyannis Port, Massachusetts on Aug. 7, 1960. (AP photo)

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, the Democratic presidential nominee, bites into some Iowa sweet corn at a home-style dinner in Des Moines, August 21, 1960 in Illinois. He and his running mate, Sen. Lyndon Johnson were in this city of the farm belt to tell how they would improve the agriculture situation. (AP Photo)
Kennedy bites into some Iowa sweet corn at a homestyle dinner in the Midwest on Aug. 21, 1960. (AP photo)

Sen. John F. Kennedy checks over a speech during the presidential campaign in September 1960. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Under scrutiny, Sen. John F. Kennedy loses his composure before addressing a fundraising dinner in Baltimore. (AP photo)

Kennedy, in the back seat of a Pontiac convertible, talks with farmer James Cox during his campaign visit to the farm in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Sept. 22, 1960. (AP photo)

Jacqueline Kennedy clutches her daughter Caroline’s rag doll while saying goodbye to her husband at the Hyannis airport on Oct. 1, 1960. (AP photo)

Vice President Richard Nixon (right) answers a question as Sen. John F. Kennedy listens during their second joint radio-television broadcast debate on Oct. 7, 1960. At center is moderator Frank McGee of NBC. In the foreground are journalists who questioned the presidential candidates. (AP photo)

Vice President Richard Nixon, right, talks and Sen. John F. Kennedy listens in this view taken from television screen in New York, Oct. 7, 1960. The debate between the presidential candidates was broadcast nationally on TV and radio from Washington studio. (AP Photo)
The debate between presidential candidates John Kennedy and Richard Nixon was broadcast nationally on TV and radio from a D.C. studio. (AP photo)

President-elect John F. Kennedy shakes hands with some of the hundreds of persons who came out to the airport on Nov. 11, 1960, to see him off to Florida for a working vacation. Several members of his newly appointed staff went with him. (AP photo/J. Green)

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 1960 file photo, President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy pose at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington with their son, John F. Kennedy Jr., following a baptism for the infant. The younger Kennedy was born Nov. 25. A documentary film on John Kennedy Jr.'s life opens Friday, July 22, 2016, in select theaters. (AP Photo, File)
In this Dec. 8, 1960, file photo, President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy pose at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington with their son, John F. Kennedy Jr., following a baptism for the infant. The younger Kennedy was born Nov. 25. (AP photo, file)

Clutching a prayer book in his left hand, President-elect John F. Kennedy exits his car to attend Christmas Day mass at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Dec. 25, 1960 in Palm Beach, Florida. Kennedy attended the service alone; his mother and father attended an earlier mass. (AP Photo)
Clutching a prayer book in his left hand, President-elect John F. Kennedy exits his car to attend Christmas Day mass at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Dec. 25, 1960, in Palm Beach, Florida. Kennedy attended the service alone; his mother and father attended an earlier mass. (AP photo)

The president-elect, Jacqueline Kennedy and others walk to his inauguration. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy has a chuck under the chin for her husband moments after he became president, January 20, 1961. This exclusive picture by AP photographer Henry Burroughs was taken in the rotunda of the Capitol just after President John F. Kennedy left the inaugural stand.  (AP Photo/Henry Burroughs)
Jacqueline Kennedy shares a moment with her husband after he became president on Jan. 20, 1961. This exclusive picture by AP photographer Henry Burroughs was taken in the rotunda of the Capitol just after Kennedy left the inaugural stand. (AP photo/Henry Burroughs)

Former President Harry Truman autographs the inaugural luncheon program of President John F. Kennedy at the request of the new President in Washington, January 20, 1961. At left is Mrs. John Sparkman, wife of the Alabama senator. (AP Photo)
Former President Harry Truman autographs the inaugural luncheon program of President Kennedy at the request of the new president in Washington on Jan. 20, 1961. At left is Mrs. John Sparkman, wife of the Alabama senator. (AP photo)

Newly-elected President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy leave the White House, in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 1961, for a series of visits to inaugural balls. The first lady wore her specially-designed haute couture white silk sheath and matching coat. As the 35th President of the United States, Kennedy defeated Vice President Richard M. Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections of the 20th century by a plurality of just 114,000 votes. The Kennedys brought a cultured and glamorous era known as "Camelot" to American politics. (AP Photo/Henry Burroughs)
The newly elected president and the first lady leave the White House Jan. 20, 1961, for a series of visits to inaugural balls. The Kennedys brought a cultured and glamorous era known as “Camelot” to American politics. (AP photo/Henry Burroughs)

Ambassador Adlai Stevenson, the U.S. delegate to the United Nations, shakes hands with Martin Luther King Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Atlanta, Ga., at the White House in Washington with President John F. Kennedy at right. The meeting occurred as Kennedy met with members of the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa. Historians generally agree that Kennedy's phone call to Coretta Scott King expressing concern over her husband's arrest in October 1960, and Robert Kennedy's work behind the scenes to get King released, helped JFK win the White House that fall. King himself, while appreciative, wasn't as quick to credit the Kennedys alone with getting him out of jail, according to a previously unreleased portion of the interview with the civil rights leader days after Kennedy's election. (AP Photo, File)
Ambassador Adlai Stevenson, the U.S. delegate to the United Nations, shakes hands with Martin Luther King Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, at the White House with President John F. Kennedy at right. The meeting occurred as Kennedy met with members of the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa.

Historians generally agree that Kennedy’s phone call to Coretta Scott King expressing concern over her husband’s arrest in October 1960, and Robert Kennedy’s work behind the scenes to get King released, helped JFK win the White House that fall.

King himself, while appreciative, wasn’t as quick to credit the Kennedys alone with getting him out of jail, according to a previously unreleased portion of the interview with the civil rights leader days after Kennedy’s election. (AP photo, file)

John F. Kennedy, JFK
In this April 12, 1961, file photo, the president answers a question during his ninth presidential news conference in Washington. The conference dealt largely with space exploration and international affairs.

John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev
In this June 3, 1961, file photo, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev walks with U.S. President John F. Kennedy at the residence of the U.S. ambassador in Vienna, Austria.

Queen Elizabeth II and President John Kennedy pose at Buckingham Palace in London on June 5, 1961. The Kennedys were dinner guests of the queen. (AP photo)

John F. Kennedy
In this Sept. 25, 1961, file photo, President John F. Kennedy speaks before the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Kennedy emphasizes a point in a March 29, 1962, news conference. (AP photo)

Kennedy opens the baseball season at the then-new District of Columbia Stadium (now known as RFK) on April 9, 1962. (AP photo)

FILE - In this 1962 file photo, President John F. Kennedy and his daughter, Caroline, sail off Hyannis Port, Mass. Caroline Kennedy said in a video released by the JFK Library on May 25, 2017, that she thought about her father and "missed him every day of my life.” The 100th anniversary of JFK's birth is Monday, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo, File)
In this 1962 file photo, President John F. Kennedy and his daughter, Caroline, sail off Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.

From left: President John F. Kennedy, left, is shown in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, with brothers Robert and Edward, as well as D.C. attorney James Rowe, 1962. (AP photo)

Dean Rusk, John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy
In this June 29, 1962, file photo, President Kennedy and the first lady chat with Secretary of State Dean Rusk on the White House lawn. (AP photo, file)

President Kennedy confers with his brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, at the White House on Oct. 1, 1962, during the buildup of military tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, which became the Cuban missile crisis later that month. (AP photo)

. Caroline and John Jr. at play in the Oval Office, Washington, DC, October, 10, 1962 © Cecil
Stoughton (Courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)
In this Oct. 10, 1962, photo, President Kennedy works in the Oval Office as children Caroline and John Jr. play. Photograph by Cecil Stoughton. (Courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

The president and the first family pose outside the Palm Beach, Florida, home of the president’s father after a private Easter Service April 14, 1963. (AP photo)

President John F. Kennedy speaks with Barbra Streisand at an event May 24, 1963. (Courtesy National Archive/Newsmakers)

President Kennedy stands in a car with Mayor Willy Brandt and Konrad Adenauer as they tour West Berlin, Germany, in June 1963. (AP photo)

President Kennedy waves back to a crowd of more than 300,000 gathered to hear Kennedy’s speech, where he declared “Ich bin ein Berliner,” “I am a Berliner,” in the main square in front of Schoeneberg City Hall in West Berlin on June 26, 1963. (AP photo)

President John F. Kennedy and wife Jackie arrive at Dallas’ Love Field during campaign tour Nov. 22, 1963, the day of his assassination. (Photo by Art Rickerby/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

President John F. Kennedy is seen riding in motorcade approximately one minute before he was shot in Dallas, Tx., on Nov. 22, 1963.  In the car riding with Kennedy are Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, right, Nellie Connally, left, and her husband, Gov. John Connally of Texas.  (AP Photo/Jim Altgens)
President John F. Kennedy is seen riding in motorcade approximately one minute before he was shot in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Riding with Kennedy are the first lady, right, Nellie Connally, left, and her husband, Gov. John Connally of Texas. (AP photo/Jim Altgens)

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Three-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father’s casket Nov. 25, 1963. Widow Jacqueline Kennedy and daughter Caroline Kennedy are accompanied by the late president’s brothers Sen. Edward Kennedy (left) and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. (AP photo, file)

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A small image of the Blessed Virgin Mary sits on the stone surrounding the eternal flame and grave site of President John F. Kennedy. The Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, sits at the top of the hill overlooking the grave site. (AP photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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The future president holds a puppy in this August 1937 photo. (Courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)
Future president John F. Kennedy, at right, with his PT-109 crew. (Collections of the U.S. National Archives, downloaded from the Naval Historical Center)
John F. Kennedy, front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, is pictured as a 26 year old Navy lieutenant in Los Angeles, January 10, 1944.  Kennedy had just returned from duty in the Pacific where he served as a PT boat skipper.  He was decorated twice by the Navy for his exploits dodging the Japanese by swimming after his PT boat was cut in two by an enemy destroyer.  (AP Photo)
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy, winner of the Democratic Nomination for Congress in the 11th Massachusetts District, relaxes with his dog, Mo, June 22, 1946, Hyannisport, Mass. (AP Photo/Peter J. Carroll)
A photo-booth picture of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier, circa 1953.
FILE - In this Sept 12, 1953 file photo, Senator John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., leaves St. Mary’s Church with his bride, the former Jacqueline Bouvier, after their wedding in Newport, R.I. The church where the couple was married is being restored in 2016 to the appearance it had on their wedding day.  (AP Photo/File)
Photo courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum's "American Visionary" exhibit, running May 3- Sept. 17, 2017: Jack with daughter Caroline, Georgetown, Washington, DC, March 25, 1958. © Ed Clark (Courtesy The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sen. John F. Kennedy
Shortly after his acceptance of the Democratic Party endorsement for President. Senator (and future US President) John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and his wife, future First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994), smiles and waves from the back of an open-top car, Massachusetts, July 1960. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, the Democratic presidential nominee, bites into some Iowa sweet corn at a home-style dinner in Des Moines, August 21, 1960 in Illinois. He and his running mate, Sen. Lyndon Johnson were in this city of the farm belt to tell how they would improve the agriculture situation. (AP Photo)
Vice President Richard Nixon, right, talks and Sen. John F. Kennedy listens in this view taken from television screen in New York, Oct. 7, 1960. The debate between the presidential candidates was broadcast nationally on TV and radio from Washington studio. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Dec. 8, 1960 file photo, President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy pose at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington with their son, John F. Kennedy Jr., following a baptism for the infant. The younger Kennedy was born Nov. 25. A documentary film on John Kennedy Jr.'s life opens Friday, July 22, 2016, in select theaters. (AP Photo, File)
Clutching a prayer book in his left hand, President-elect John F. Kennedy exits his car to attend Christmas Day mass at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Dec. 25, 1960 in Palm Beach, Florida. Kennedy attended the service alone; his mother and father attended an earlier mass. (AP Photo)
Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy has a chuck under the chin for her husband moments after he became president, January 20, 1961. This exclusive picture by AP photographer Henry Burroughs was taken in the rotunda of the Capitol just after President John F. Kennedy left the inaugural stand.  (AP Photo/Henry Burroughs)
Former President Harry Truman autographs the inaugural luncheon program of President John F. Kennedy at the request of the new President in Washington, January 20, 1961. At left is Mrs. John Sparkman, wife of the Alabama senator. (AP Photo)
Newly-elected President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy leave the White House, in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 1961, for a series of visits to inaugural balls. The first lady wore her specially-designed haute couture white silk sheath and matching coat. As the 35th President of the United States, Kennedy defeated Vice President Richard M. Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections of the 20th century by a plurality of just 114,000 votes. The Kennedys brought a cultured and glamorous era known as "Camelot" to American politics. (AP Photo/Henry Burroughs)
Ambassador Adlai Stevenson, the U.S. delegate to the United Nations, shakes hands with Martin Luther King Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Atlanta, Ga., at the White House in Washington with President John F. Kennedy at right. The meeting occurred as Kennedy met with members of the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa. Historians generally agree that Kennedy's phone call to Coretta Scott King expressing concern over her husband's arrest in October 1960, and Robert Kennedy's work behind the scenes to get King released, helped JFK win the White House that fall. King himself, while appreciative, wasn't as quick to credit the Kennedys alone with getting him out of jail, according to a previously unreleased portion of the interview with the civil rights leader days after Kennedy's election. (AP Photo, File)
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John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev
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FILE - In this 1962 file photo, President John F. Kennedy and his daughter, Caroline, sail off Hyannis Port, Mass. Caroline Kennedy said in a video released by the JFK Library on May 25, 2017, that she thought about her father and "missed him every day of my life.” The 100th anniversary of JFK's birth is Monday, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo, File)
Dean Rusk, John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy
. Caroline and John Jr. at play in the Oval Office, Washington, DC, October, 10, 1962 © Cecil
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President John F. Kennedy is seen riding in motorcade approximately one minute before he was shot in Dallas, Tx., on Nov. 22, 1963.  In the car riding with Kennedy are Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, right, Nellie Connally, left, and her husband, Gov. John Connally of Texas.  (AP Photo/Jim Altgens)
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