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PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/17/1953 - HFSID 1192

JOHN F. KENNEDY Six months after entering the Senate, the Congressman sends thanks for to an aide Typed Letter Signed: "Jack" as U.S. Senator, one page, 8x10½. Washington, District of Columbia, July 17, 1953.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY Six months after entering the Senate, the Congressman sends thanks for to an aide Typed Letter Signed: "Jack" as U.S. Senator, one page, 8x10½. Washington, District of Columbia, July 17, 1953. Eight weeks before his marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier, the future 35th U.S. President writes to staff member William F. Kelly, East Boston. In full: "Thanks very much for your letter which I received today, together with the list of the various racial groups in the Boston area. These are certainly very valuable for my files, and I shall greatly appreciate you sending the list of the Veterans organizations, if such is available. The list of the Italian organizations were a great help to me in sending out the Trieste Resolutions, and, as you have been sending in the clippings, I have been writing to the parties concerned. I hope you will continue to send these along, as they are very useful in keeping in touch with the people in East Boston. I haven't heard anything as yet from Hynes, but as soon as I do, I will let you know." After World War II, the United Nations set up the Free Territory of Trieste containing the city and surrounding area. Many of the residents of East Boston are of Italian descent and the situation in Trieste was important to them. The Senate resolutions referred to by Kennedy concerned the future of the city that, in 1954, came under Italian control. It was not until 1975 that Italy took complete possession of Trieste. Kennedy had just been sworn in as U.S. Senator six months earlier. John Hynes (1897-1970) was Mayor of Boston from 1950-1960. John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), a decorated US Navy veteran of World War II, represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives (1947-1953) and Senate (1953-1960). In 1957, he was named to the prestigious Foreign Relations Committee. During his first term as U.S. Senator, Kennedy co-wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage while recovering from back surgery. The book discusses eight times in U.S. history where a U.S. Senator stood up for what he thought was right, no matter what his party or the public had to say. Kennedy went on to become the nation's 35th President. Sadly, his tenure in the Oval Office was cut short by the infamous assassination in Dallas Texas, on November 22, 1963, subject to numerous conspiracy theories in the decades since. File holes in upper blank margin, usual folds, one horizontal through the "J" and "k" of signature, lightly creased.

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