Commemorating JFK 50 Years After His Assassination: A Look At His Connections To Bronx

Posted on November 20, 2013, 1:13 pm
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Although he is known for his roots in Boston, the President spent some time of his life living in the borough with his family.

JFK, front row center, at Riverdale Country School circa 1927.

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Kennedy and his family moved to Riverdale in Bronx during the late 1920s and resided at a mansion at 5040 Independence Avenue. The relocation was to help his father, who worked on Wall Street as a speculator at the time. While here, Kennedy attended Riverdale Country School, a private prepatory school.

After spending more than two years in the borough, the Kenndy family moved slightly north to Bronxville in Westchester County. Despite no longer living in the borough, Kennedy made a stop in the 1960s for a campaign rally on the Grand Concourse. This was Kennedy’s last reported visit to Bronx, and it was an extrodinary sight.

The borough of Bronx honored JFK’s legacy with the John F. Kennedy High School. The school’s doors opened about 10 years after his assassination.

 

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