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1960 Presidential Election

On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected president in one of the closest elections in U.S. history. He was the youngest man ever elected president, the only Catholic, and the first president born in the twentieth century.  Follow the 1960 Campaign from the Democratic National Convention to the election returns in this series of exhibits which include film footage of the debate, campaign material, and a replica of a campaign office.

President John F. Kennedy gives his Inaugural Address.

The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy

"In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility--I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it--and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country."  - President Kennedy's inaugural address, January 20, 1961