On January 3, 1953, the 82nd Congress was gaveled to order. One of its new members was Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, who in the November 1952 election had surprisingly taken what was considered a safe Republican seat – that of Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge. Just 17 days later, a new...
On January 3, 1953, the 82nd Congress was gaveled to order. One of its new members was Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, who in the November 1952 election had surprisingly taken what was considered a safe Republican seat – that of Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge. Just 17 days later, a new president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was inaugurated and delivered his Inaugural Address. In it he articulated 9 principles the United States would live by during his administration; among these were strength, restraint, cooperation, productivity and generosity.
JFK barely had the chance to get his Senate chair warm when a constituent wrote asking for a copy of Ike’s inaugural speech. Typed letter signed, on his U.S. Senate letterhead, Washington, February 20, 1953, to Fred Voight of Massachusetts. “This will acknowledge and thank you for your letter of February 16. In accordance with your request, I am sending under separate cover a copy of President Eisenhower’s Inaugural Address. I appreciate your interest in writing to me, and if I can be of further assistance to you, please let me know.”
This is the earliest letter of Kennedy as Senator that we have carried.
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