Photos: Boston and the Irish
Photos: Boston and the Irish
Boston's Mayor John F. Fitzgerald, John F. Kennedy's grandfather, in 1910.
New York Governor Alfred E. Smith, nearing the close of his campaign for president, addressed supporters in a packed house at the Academy of Music in Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 3, 1928. Smith became the first Roman Catholic to win the Democratic nomination for president but lost to Herbert Hoover.
June 28, 1930: Boston Mayor James Michael Curley and Admiral Richard E. Byrd passed through a confetti shower as they paraded from South Station to Boston Common to honor Byrd and members of his Antarctic expedition, who made history by being the first explorers to visit the South Pole.
May 29, 1937: The first Irish Senator from Massachusetts, David I. Walsh, Secretary to the Governor John Mahoney (standing), and Governor Charles F. Hurley at the State House.
Nov. 5 1952: US Senator-elect John F. Kennedy was greeted by supporters and his campaign manager, brother Robert F. Kennedy (at left) as he defeated Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. for the Massachusetts Senate seat which had been held by Lodge.
March 1958: Senator John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, were crowd favorites at this parade. Whenever their car halted, the Kennedys were surrounded by well-wishers seeking to shake his hand and shouting "Good luck, Jack," or "Hi Senator."
March 17, 1958: Senator John Powers was toastmaster at a corned beef and cabbage dinner for 260 legislators at Dorgan's Old Harbor House. Here he presented a golden harp to Senator John Kennedy.
Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy sat alone in a room off the main auditorium at Faneuil Hall before making his final campaign speech. He was introduced by the candidate for Vice President, Senator Lyndon B. Johnson and began his speech at 11 p.m. He ended his remarks by saying, "We are here tonight because in other great periods of crisis we have chosen to go forward. And I am confident tomorrow in 1960, November 8, this country will once again choose progress, this country will once again choose to go forward, this country will once again choose to go to work to build a strong society here and to build a peaceful and productive world."
Senator John F. Kennedy wound up his presidential campaign at a huge rally in Boston Garden on Nov. 7, 1960. After a whirlwind tour through New England on the final day of campaigning JFK returned to address a crowd of over 22,000 enthusiastic supporters. He reminded the supporters of his Boston roots. "I come here to Boston to this garden which is located in the 11th Congressional District of the State of Massachusetts, which my grandfather represented 60 years ago, and which I had the honor of representing 14 years ago when I was first elected to the House of Representatives. I have therefore proudly come back to this spot and ask your help tonight to be elected President of the United States."
Nov., 11 1960: Cape Cod hands were extended for a farewell grasp by President-elect Kennedy at Barnstable Aiport as he left his Cape Cod home for a working vacation at Palm Beach, Fla. Two days before at his acceptance speech, President Kennedy told his Hyannis Port neighbors, "The election may have been a close one, but I think the general agreement by all of our citizens is that a supreme national effort will be needed in the years ahead to move this country safely through the 1960s."
Cheering people crammed the streets and even perched on the narrow cornice of a building as they welcomed US President John F. Kennedy on his visit at their hometown New Ross, Ireland, June 27, 1963. The motorcade was en route to the quay where the President's great-grandfather allegedly boarded a ship bound for the United States 120 years prior.
Smiling President John Kennedy made his way through a group of Catholic nuns after addressing the crowd at Redmon Place; Wexford, Ireland, June 27, 1963. The president was given the Freedom of the City.
State Senate President William Bulger, Senator Edward Kennedy, and Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill at a breakfast at the Sheraton in Boston in 1979.