2017 49c President John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) famously stated, “...ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” He led by example and lived by his words. While many know about his World War II heroics, diffusion of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and role in the Space Race, there is much more we rarely hear about.
For instance, Kennedy refused his presidential salary and the salaries from his 14 years in the House and Senate. He donated all those earnings to charities such as the Boy and Girl Scouts, the United Negro College Fund, and the Cuban Families Committee. His donations totaled about $500,000 – equal to over $3.7 million today.
Kennedy also saw the importance of helping other nations. Early in his political career, he suggested training and sending young Americans to other countries to help their underprivileged. While president, Kennedy made his idea a reality when he created the Peace Corps, “to promote world peace and friendship.”
As president, Kennedy was a champion of civil rights. He passed a law requiring equal treatment of government employees regardless of race and banned segregation in federally funded housing. Kennedy also proposed the desegregation of schools and protection of voting rights, both of which were made law the year after his death.
This John F. Kennedy stamp marks the 100th birth anniversary of our nation's 35th president. Ted Spiegel took the Kennedy photograph on which the stamp art is based.
Bold and charismatic, Kennedy was an inspiration to a generation – and one of our most beloved presidents.
Issued: February 20, 2017
First Day City: Boston, MA
Type of Stamp: First Class Mail
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of Ameriica
Method: Offset, Microprint
Quantity Printed: 84,000,000