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November 8, 1960


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Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy was declared the winner of the Presidential Election of 1960 early this morning (November 9) over Vice-President Richard M. Nixon.

The final electoral vote totals are:

NIXON       219
BYRD            15

The popular vote totals are:

KENNEDY 34,220,911
NIXON       34,108,157
BYRD                 286,359
OTHER             216,982

JFK & Nixon were separated in the popular vote by 1/10 of 1% of the total vote.

During the 1960 campaign, Senator Kennedy promised to “get America moving again” while Vice-President Nixon lauded his experience in high office.

The 4 face-to-face televised debates during the campaign did much to enhance JFK’s image & may well be considered a turning point in the campaign.

The President-elect is expected to make a statement to the press.*

On November 9, 1960, President-elect Kennedy & his family & supporters made an appearance at the Hyannis Port Armory.  

JFK said:

“The next 4 years are going to be difficult & challenging. A supreme national effort will be needed to move this country safely through the 1960s. 

I ask your help in this effort & I can assure you that every degree of mind & spirit that I possess will be devoted to the long range interests of the United States & to the cause of freedom around the world.”

With his wife, Jacqueline (who is expecting a child later this month) standing by his side, JFK concluded his remarks by saying:

“And so now my wife & I prepare for a new administration & for a new baby. Thank you.”**

**JFK+50 NOTE:  NIXON won TENNESSEE by 7.15%.  My state had gone for Eisenhower/Nixon in both 1952 & 1956.  Since East Tennessee & Knox County is heavily Republican, at the age of 12, I knew no one who voted for JFK.

November 8, 1864


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Abraham Lincoln easily won a 2nd term today defeating the former general of the Army of the Potomac, George B. McClellan.

The final electoral totals are:  

LINCOLN       212        

The popular vote totals are:     

LINCOLN        2,218,388
McCLELLAN  1,812,807 

Mr. Lincoln campaigned under the banner of the National Union Ticket with Andrew Johnson of Tennessee as his running-mate.

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Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) One year ago tomorrow, November 9, 2010, JFK+50 was posted for the 1st time.

Here is that 1st posting:

I grew up in the 1960s & JFK became & remains today my hero.

I wrote many letters to the White House hoping to get an authentic signature
from the President.  After many failed attempts, I wrote a long letter to JFK expressing my disappointment & desire to have him read & sign my letter personally.

In 1962, I received a letter from Ms. Evelyn Lincoln, the President’s personal secretary.  She said the President had read my letter & was “delighted” to sign the White House card which was enclosed.

I still possess the letter & card to this day & it is my “prized possession”.

In November 1960, 50 years ago this month, JFK was elected the 35th US President.  His Presidency ushered in an era of “hope & promise”.

Although his election was a close one, by the time of his death, JFK had become one of the most popular Presidents, not just in the United States but around the world.

Thanks for reading the 1st post in my JFK +50 blog & please return for future posts.

John White
Knoxville, Tennessee*

*Since that post, JFK+50 has made 351 additional postings with more than 160,000 page views.  

Since adding the NEOCOUNTER on Dec 17, 2010, we have had 78,500 visitors from 175 countries.

Please check back tomorrow for our ANNIVERSARY POSTING.


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