The 35th President of the United States, President John F. Kennedy, remains to this day the only Catholic president and the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize. He also continues to rank highly in public opinion ratings even today.
On this day, July 26th, in 1962, President JFK signed the most far-reaching revision of public welfare legislation since it was enacted in 1935.
His measure emphasized rehabilitation and training so that welfare recipients did not become dependent on support. After a brief period, recipients were expected to be able to independently care for themselves and their families. Because of this revision, an additional $4 in federal funds was made available per recipient per month in order to set up day care and training programs.