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Fayette Tribune
April 18, 1960

Senator Kennedy To Campaign In Fayette County Wednesday

Press Conference Is Set For Oak Hill in Morning

Senator John F. Kennedy, a strong contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, will arrive in Fayette county at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday it has been disclosed by Fred A. Forbes, campaign aide.

Kennedy and Senator Hubert H. Humphrey are running against each other in the state’s presidential preference primary, May 10.

Upon his entry into Fayette county Mayor J. E. Howard and former governor Okey L. Patteson will be present to welcome Kennedy to Mt. Hope. The senator will make an appearance from 8:45 to 9 o’clock in front of the Princess theatre.

He will have to move out of Mt. Hope promptly in order to arrive at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday for a live press conference on WOAY-TV as Neil Swann, Joe McQuade, Emile Hodel, and Robert K. Holliday will be on hand to ask the senator questions.

The Hon. Mayor Joseph Keatley and Attorney and Mrs. Samuel Price will head a welcoming committee which will greet Senator Kennedy at Collins high school, Oak Hill, at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday. He will be in Oak Hill until 10:35 a.m.

Senator Kennedy is scheduled to arrive at Fayetteville at 10:50. Carl Vickers, member of the Fayette county court, will extend the welcome to the senator at the Fayetteville court house.

Going to the same county communities which his opponent, Senator Hubert Humphrey, took the week before last in Fayette county only traveling the route in reverse Senator Kennedy will be met by Principal Truslow Waldo, Mrs. Ruby Winebrenner, Ted Christian and the public at Gauley Bridge high school at 11:45 o’clock.

At Montgomery the Greyhound band will welcome the Kennedy caravan at the new bridge and the political party will proceed to the high school auditorium. Mayor Denver P. Brown and former State Senate Pres. Arnold M. Vickers will introduce and welcome the senator.

Also at Montgomery faculty and students at W. Va. Tech have been invited to attend. The senator will speak for 15 minutes, answer questions for 15 minutes, and shake hands for another 15 minutes.

The Massachusetts Senator has received hero’s awards for bravery in World War II, won a Pulitzer Prize for his book “Profiles in Courage”, and holds a 14 year record of achievement in Congress.

Kennedy guided Depressed Areas legislation to its first successful passage in the Senate and has consistently worked for a higher minimum wage law, better unemployment compensation, improvements in the Social Security program and more effective distributions of surplus foods to the needy.

He also has championed aid to education, better highways and coal research. Last year he fought for the rights of Labor during consideration of the Labor Management Reform Bill.

Political Career

In Massachusetts they elected Kennedy to the U.S. House of Representative in the Republican year of 1946. He first won his Senate seat in 1952 defeating the highly popular Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. despite the Eisenhower landslide rolled up that year.

Senator Kennedy won re-election to the Senate in 1958 by 870,000 majority, the largest majority ever received by any candidate in the history of Massachusetts. Carrying in with him the entire Democratic ticket and the State House Democratic legislature, Senator Kennedy in 1958 also became the first candidate in the history of Massachusetts ever to carry every city and county, regardless of its political, religious or economic complexion.

At the Democratic National Convention in 1958 in Chicago Senator Kennedy came within 20 ˝ votes of capturing his party’s nomination for Vice President of the United States.

The senator is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, Labor and Public Welfare committee, the Joint Economic committee, the Select Committee to Investigate Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field, and is chairman of the Subcommittee of Labor.

Family Background

Kennedy, 43 in May, is the second of nine children. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, served in various governmental capacities under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, including ambassador to Great Britain. His mother is Rose F. Kennedy, daughter of the late John F. Fitzgerald, who was mayor of Boston and held the same seat in Congress which Senator Kennedy represented from 1947-1953.

Senator Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier September 12, 1953. Their daughter Caroline was born November 27, 1957.

His elder brother, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., was killed in action as a Navy pilot in Europe during World War II. Another brother, Robert F. Kennedy, was chief counsel of the McClellan Rackets Committee, which conducted extensive investigations into improper activities in labor and management.


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