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The Presidency Before JFK: A Look Back at a Tumultuous Era

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Explore the political landscape and events leading up to JFK's presidency.

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The Heritage Society Museum is marking 60 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. ABC13 looks back at his last Houston visit and the significant impact he made during his presidency. The tragic event that took place on that fateful day in Texas forever altered the course of American history. However, it was not the first attack targeting a President in Texas. Another incident unfolded earlier, highlighting the vulnerability of those in power.

Before JFK took office, the first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, experienced a heartbreaking loss. After the death of her infant son, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, she retreated from the public eye, spending several months in mourning. This personal tragedy shaped her journey as the first lady and influenced her role in the political sphere.

President John F. Kennedy's actions were not without controversy. Just hours before signing the trade embargo with Cuba, he managed to secure 1,200 Cuban cigars for himself. This decision sparked debates and criticism, reflecting the complex nature of his presidency.

During the 1960 campaign, JFK selected Lyndon B. Johnson as his running mate, and together they won the election. However, tragedy struck on November 22, 1963, when Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. This shocking event not only shook the nation but also brought forth questions about national security and the safety of the President.

The presidency of John F. Kennedy was a time of both progress and scandal. Americans experienced a new phenomenon in the 1990s when revelations about the President's sex life emerged. This period marked a shift in how the public viewed the personal lives of their leaders and raised important debates about the boundaries between privacy and public scrutiny.

On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy emerged victorious in a bitter contest against the incumbent Vice President. His election as President of the United States signaled a new era and ignited hope for change in the country. However, his presidency was cut short, leaving a lasting impact on American politics.

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, has had the privilege of shaking hands with every U.S. President since Harry Truman. However, one handshake stands out among the rest. The handshake with President John F. Kennedy holds a special place in Williams' memory, representing a moment of connection and shared history.

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