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The final stretch: John F. Kennedy’s 1960 campaign

November 7, 1960: Sen. John F. Kennedy winds up his Presidential campaign at a huge rally in Boston Garden. After a whirlwind tour through New England on the final day of campaigning JFK returns to address a crowd of over 22,000 enthusiastic supporters. He reminds 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.”

Edmund Kelley/Globe Staff

November 7, 1960: Sen. John F. Kennedy wound up his Presidential campaign at a huge rally in Boston Garden. 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.”

With the final stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign upon us, we look at the end of the historic campaign of the last president elected from Massachusetts. Senator John F. Kennedy was elected president on Nov. 8, 1960 in one of the closest elections in US history as the country’s youngest president. It was astonishing to see the huge number of people attending the campaign rallies all across the country-very different from what we see today. -Leanne Burden Seidel and LisaTuite

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