John F. Kennedy, the nation's 35th president, would have been 97 years old today.
While Kennedy is among the most-chronicled presidents in history -- with apologies to Abraham Lincoln -- we were struck by the picture above, which captures Kennedy in 1947, at age 30 and in his first term representing the 11th district of Massachusetts. In 10 years, he'd be a Senator. In 13 years, he'd be elected president. In 16 years, he'd be dead.
The photo comes from the archives of Life.com, which has a stunning series of rarely or never-seen-before images of Kennedy throughout his political career. You absolutely must check it out.