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Newspapers Arrive at Campaign HQ, Hyannis Port Armory, MA, 1960

Henri Dauman

“The date was November 9, 1960, the day after the election, and Nixon still had not conceded to Kennedy. It had been a long and tense night for the press corps at the Hyannis Port Armory, Kennedy’s campaign headquarters. By 11AM JFK was still believed to be eleven electoral votes short of victory. But then the early edition newspapers arrived and a newswoman from the Boston Globe held up a copy of her paper announcing “President Elect Kennedy” as a fait accompli. I was lucky to be standing just 10 feet away with my trusty Leica to capture that moment. An hour and a half later, the state of Minnesota’s votes officially took Kennedy over the top. Soon after, a telegram was read aloud to those who were still awake. “I want to repeat through this wire the congratulations and best wishes I extended to you on television last night.” it read, “I know that you have united support of all Americans as you lead this nation in the cause of peace and freedom during the next four years.” Nixon had finally admitted defeat.”

  This piece is also available as part of the JFK*100 PORTFOLIO which includes a top sheet signed by President Kennedy's sister Jean Kennedy Smith to benefit the library.

20" x 16"

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