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This Day in Boston History

May 29th, 1917

John F. Kennedy

On this day, John Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, the son of two politically influential families. A war hero and Pulitzer Prize winning author, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in Congress (1947-1953) and in the US Senate (1953-1960) before his election as the 35th President.

The Kennedy presidency was characterized by dramatic and politically complex events. He was the first presidential candidate to make strategic use of television, and the last to campaign by train. The Kennedy family was the first Presidential family since the turn of the century to have children in the White House.

At the time of his assassination, President Kennedy was among the most broadly recognized and respected leaders of the century.

 


England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.


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