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The Presidential Election of 1960
Letter from John F. Kennedy

In 1942, John F. Kennedy entered the U.S. Navy. In September of that year, he wrote the letter below, from Words and Deeds in American History, to Clare Boothe Luce, a Republican member of the House of Representatives and wife of the prominent publisher Henry Luce. Although the letter was written 18 years before he was elected president, it reveals some interesting things about young Lieutenant Kennedy. What inferences can you draw from the letter about Kennedy's personality? His religious beliefs? His family background? Would these factors be advantages or disadvantages in running for president?

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Page One of the Kennedy Letter

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Page Two of the Kennedy Letter

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Page Three of the Kennedy Letter

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Page Four of the Kennedy Letter


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