In November 1960 John F Kennedy entered the final few days of his historic run for office. In the waning days of this year’s election we look back on that time and the incredible crowds, over 250,000 in some places, who showed up for his final days. It is a step back in time to an era where stump speeches attracted hundreds of thousands and television and media played a far smaller role. The political world was on the verge of seeing history made 52 years ago this month. John F Kennedy, great-grandson of an Irish famine immigrant, would be elected America’s youngest ever and first Catholic president at age 43. Source: Boston Globe.
John F Kennedy walks of the top of cars when the press prevented him from getting to the speakers stand, at Carbondale, Illinois.
A crowd of 200,000 and 250,000 in Manhattan, between 34th and 42nd Street, along 7th Avenue. He told the audience “Whether I am the candidate for the presidency, or president, or stay in the Senate, I regard our obligation not to please you but to serve you, and in my judgment, in 1960, a candidate for the presidency should be willing to give the truth to the people and the truth is that what we are now doing is not good enough.”
John F. Kennedy is deluged with confetti and paper streamers as his auto moved slowly up Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.
The Presidential candidate JFK keeps an eye on the dog that broke through police lines and ran through the motorcade in Waterbury, Connecticut.
John F. Kennedy sits in a room off the main auditorium at Faneuil Hall before his final televised campaign speech as a technician from CBS sets up the cameras. He ended this evening’s speech by saying “We are here tonight because in other great periods of crisis we have chosen to go forward. And I am confident tomorrow in 1960, November 8, this country will once again choose progress, this country will once again choose to go forward, this country will once again choose to go to work to build a strong society here and to build a peaceful and productive world."
Senator John F. Kennedy wound up his presidential campaign at a huge rally in Boston Garden. Reminding supporters of his Boston roots he said “I come here to Boston to this Garden which is located in the 11th Congressional District of the State of Massachusetts, which my grandfather represented 60 years ago, and which I had the honor of representing 14 years ago when I was first elected to the House of Representatives. I have therefore proudly come back to this spot and ask your help tonight to be elected president of the United States."
Having voted at the West End branch of the Boston Public Library at Cambridge and Lynde streets, Kennedy and Jacqueline, left for the airport to fly to Hyannis.
John F. Kennedy gives his daughter Caroline, almost 3, a piggy-back ride during a walk in Hyannis Port as he waited for word that Richard Nixon has conceded the election.
Cape Cod bids farewell to Kennedy at Barnstable Airport as he left his Cape Cod home two days before at his acceptance speech
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