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Wheeling News-Register
October 10, 1956

At Virginia Theatre

Sen. Kennedy Flying Here to Speak Sunday

U. S. Senator John F. Kennedy will fly here by private plane for his speaking appearance which has been scheduled at 2:30 o’clock this Sunday afternoon at the Virginia Theatre.

A crowd larger than the 1,800 which heard Vice President Richard M. Nixon on Sept. 28 at Wheeling Park is expected to be on hand when the 39-year-old Massachusetts senator—who just missed winning the Democratic nomination for vice president—delivers his Wheeling address.

Chairman Carl B. Galbraith of the Ohio County democratic Executive committee today announced the time of Senator Kennedy’s speech and said he will arrive here by private plane after landing in Pittsburgh at 1 p.m.

Galbraith emphasized that no tickets will be required for admission to the theater. “The meeting is open to the public,” he said.

The boyish-looking Kennedy, in his first term in the Senate, will be met at Stifel Field by a delegation of local party officials. He will join a motorcade that will proceed to downtown Wheeling.

Congressman Robert H. Mollohan of Fairmont, the party’s nominee for governor, will speak at Sunday’s rally and all local candidates will be introduced. Invitations also have been sent to Gov. William C. Marland and Senator M. M. Neely, Gailbraith [sic] said.

Senator Kenney will return to Pittsburgh by plane after his appearance here. He is scheduled to attend a reception in Pittsburgh at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Kennedy gained national attention in August at Chicago as a prominent contender for the party’s vice-presidential nomination. He led on the first ballot and also on the second before yielding to the swing to Senator Estes Kefauver.

Kennedy is a World War II naval hero, three-term representative and author of a best-selling book. He is the son of former ambassador to Russia Joseph P. Kennedy and defeated Henry Cabot Lodge for the Senate seat in 1952. Lodge ran with the strong personal backing of the 1952 presidential candidate, General Dwight Eisenhower.


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