44 Days of Presidents: John F. Kennedy
Posted On: 10/29/2016 - 4:49pm, Posted By: Christine Engels, Archives Manager, Manuscripts Department
In our series, 44 Days of Presidents, we present artifacts, documents, and connections to our local and national history from our collections that represent each of the 44 Presidents of the United States as we gear up for the 2016 Presidential election.
John F. Kennedy
In 1960, John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) became, at the age of 43, the youngest man to be elected president. Kennedy, the 35th U. S. President, had served in the Navy during WWII in the Pacific where he was badly injured but was honored for his bravery with the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and several other medals. After the war he served as a congressman and senator from Massachusetts before earning the Democratic nomination in 1960. Kennedy was charismatic and charming, traits that served him well when he was pitted against Richard Nixon in the first televised presidential debate. His presidency was fraught with difficulties overseas with the Soviet Union, Cuba and Vietnam and also with domestic issues like the growing Civil Rights movement. However, Kennedy has often been associated with a hopeful energy, especially with his creation of the Peace Corps and his continued support for the growth of NASA and the Space Race. Sadly, Kennedy became the fourth president to be assassinated on November 22, 1963. The nation was shocked and the outpouring of grief was intense. He was buried at Arlington Cemetery with an eternal flame memorial that is still visited by thousands each year.
President John F. Kennedy and Theodore Berry at luncheon reception in honor of Leopold Sedar Senghor, President of the Republic of Senegal, November 3, 1961. Cincinnati Museum Center. Theodore M. Berry Collection. 1997.116.
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