John F. Kennedy

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Born Brookline, Massachusetts
When elected to the U.S. Senate in 1953, Democrat John Fitzgerald Kennedy was no stranger to the U.S. Capitol Building, having served Massachusetts in the House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953. He then won the Senate seat from Republican incumbent Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., even though the Republican candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower carried Massachusetts in the presidential election. During his time in the Senate, Kennedy was especially responsive to constituent issues, despite suffering major health issues in the first years of his term. At the height of Joseph McCarthy’s Red Scare, Kennedy condemned the senator’s methods. In doing so, he risked political backlash in his home state, where McCarthy was popular. As senator, Kennedy crusaded for labor reform and civil rights, concerns that would characterize his political career. In 1961, eight years after being elected senator, Kennedy would become the thirty-fifth president of the United States.
Nacido en Brookline, Massachusetts
Cuando fue elegido senador de los Estados Unidos en 1953, el demócrata John Fitzgerald Kennedy estaba ya familiarizado con el Capitolio de EE.UU., habiendo servido por Massachusetts en la Cámara de Representantes entre 1947 y 1953. Luego, le ganó su escaño al entonces senador republicano Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., aunque el candidato repu- blicano Dwight D. Eisenhower ganó en Massachusetts en la elección presidencial. Durante su tiempo en el Senado, Kennedy se mostró especialmente atento a los problemas de los votantes, a pesar de sufrir graves problemas de salud en los primeros años de su mandato. En el punto álgido del período de temor rojo de Joseph McCarthy, Kennedy condenó los métodos del senador. Al hacerlo, se arriesgó a recibir una repre- salia política en su estado natal, donde McCarthy era popular. Como senador, Kennedy hizo campaña en favor de la reforma laboral y los derechos civiles, preocupaciones que caracterizarían su carrera política. Ocho años después de haber sido elegido senador, en 1961, Kennedy se convertiría en el trigé- simo quinto presidente de los Estados Unidos.
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition
America's Presidents (Reinstallation September 2017)
On View
NPG, West Gallery 210
1953
Object number
NPG.91.89.42
Type
Photograph
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Culture
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: American\Irish American
Artist
Arnold A. Newman, 3 Mar 1918 - 6 Jun 2006
Sitter
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 29 May 1917 - 22 Nov 1963
Topic
Costume\Dress Accessory\Handkerchief
Architecture\Building\Capitol\US Capitol
Exterior\Cityscape
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Male
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Literature\Writer
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Massachusetts
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Military\Navy\Officer
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Politics and Government\President of US
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Politics and Government\US Senator\Massachusetts
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Pulitzer Prize
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Place
United States\District of Columbia\Washington
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 32.2 × 25.8 cm (12 11/16 × 10 3/16")
Sheet: 35.4 × 27.7 cm (13 15/16 × 10 7/8")
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
© Arnold Newman