10-Year-Old JFK Asks For More Allowance

Ever wanted a little more allowance money? Take a cue from former president John F. Kennedy.

We’ve got a cool, hand-written letter from the former president, when he was a 10-year-old Boy Scout. The letter was written decades before he became President of the United States and gives some interesting insight into his future self.

In the letter he makes a very organized, straight-forward case to his father for a raise in allowance. The reason? To be better ‘Prepared’ as a new Boy Scout. After all, Kennedy was the first Scout to become president.

Take a look at a copy of the letter and, for your convenience, we’ve typed it out below (misspellings and all).



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 childhood 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 a 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


What do you think of the letter? Cool piece of history?


  1. He was ten give the kid a break. The fact that he tried to put it in memo style and finished it with Finis says that he had a lot on the ball

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