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21 Incredible Pictures From The Life Of John F. Kennedy

As the US government releases the final batch of classified documents pertaining to the 1963 assassination of JFK, we look back at his life in pictures.

Posted on October 26, 2017, at 2:13 p.m. ET

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US Ambassador to Great Britain Joseph P. Kennedy and his son, John F. Kennedy, arrive in New York aboard the Queen Mary for the Christmas holidays in 1938.

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John F. Kennedy sits in a US Navy PT boat during his time in the service from September 1941 to April 1945.

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As a congressional candidate, Kennedy relaxes in room at the Bellevue Hotel in Boston in September 1946.

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Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier enjoy the sunshine at Kennedy's family home at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, a few months before their wedding in 1953.

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Kennedy participates in a panel discussion on NBC's Meet the Press, which aired on Feb. 14, 1954.

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Sen. John F. Kennedy speaks at the National Democratic Convention in 1956, while his wife, Jackie, looks on.

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The Kennedys at a gala held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, on Nov. 22, 1956.

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Kennedy plays peekaboo with his daughter, Caroline, in her crib in 1958.

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Kennedy gets a cheer from high school girls while on the campaign trail in Wisconsin in March 1960.

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Swooning Kennedy supporters hang onto the linked arms of state police officers while awaiting his arrival for a presidential campaign appearance in Michigan in late 1960.

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Arriving in Los Angeles on July 9, 1960, for the Democratic National Convention, Sen. John F. Kennedy makes his way through a crowd of supporters and journalists.

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President John F. Kennedy gives his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1961.

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Kennedy signs the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in the White House Treaty Room on Oct. 7, 1963.

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Kennedy talks with Russian Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev circa 1960.

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German-born American rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and Kennedy tour Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Nov. 16, 1963.

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Kennedy listens to a presentation during a tour of Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sept. 11, 1962.

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The president and his family pose for a photo on Christmas Day in Palm Beach in 1962.

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Kennedy and his wife leave Fort Worth on the morning of the president's assassination.

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The Kennedys shake hands with a crowd after arriving at Love Field for a campaign stop in Dallas, hours before the president's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.

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Kennedy smiles at the crowds lining their motorcade route in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Minutes later the president was assassinated as his car passed through Dealey Plaza.


The photo of the Kennedys in Fort Worth was taken the morning of JFK's assassination. A previous version of this post misstated the date.


The photo of the Kennedys on Christmas was taken in Palm Beach. A previous version of this post misidentified the location.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.