John F. Kennedy
Keith Larson

John Fitzgerald Francis Kennedy (1917-1963) was the first US President who also was a Scout.  JFK was a Scout in Troop 2 in Bronxville, New York from 1929 to 1931.  He was also a leader of the Boston Council.  He appears on two US stamps.

Kennedy Cover

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.  Within a few months, America honored Kennedy's memory with a 1964 memorial stamp.  First Day of Issue: May 29, 1964.

Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.

This letter to his father was written about 1929, when he was 12 years old.

A Plea for a raise
By Jack Kennedy
Dedicated to my
Mr. J. P. Kennedy

Chapter I
My recent allowance is 40¢.  This I used for areoplanes and other playthings of child- hood but now I am a scout and I put away my childish things.  Before I would spend 20¢ of my ¢.40 allowance and In five minutes I would have empty pockets and nothing to gain and 20¢ to lose.  When I am a scout I have to buy canteens, haversacks, blankets, searchlidgs poncho things that will last for years and I can always use it while I can't use a cholcalote marshmellow sunday with vanilla ice cream and so I put in my plea for a raise of thirty cents for me to buy scout things and pay my own way more around.


John Fitzgerald Francis Kennedy