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Washington, D.C.,January 20, 1961. An original invitation to “the Inauguration of the/President and Vice President of the United States/January twentieth/Nineteen hundred sixty-one”.

Presidential Seal imprinted at upper margin. The arrangements would include a parade, the first inaugural parade to be broadcast in color.

On Friday, November 20, 1961, JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY (1917-1963), the youngest elected President in U.S. history, was inaugurated on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol. Before his inauguration, Kennedy, also the first Roman Catholic U.S. President, had attended Mass at Holy Trinity Church. Eight inches of snow lay on the ground as the nation’s 35th President addressed the crowd, which included his predecessor, Dwight D. Eisenhower, former President Harry S Truman and former Vice President Richard M. Nixon.

His short inaugural speech included his famous challenge: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” His invigorating speech, and the reading of a poem by poet Robert Frost, set the tone for his presidency, which was noted for its dynamic approach to domestic and international issues and its emphasis on culture. Kennedy’s running mate, LYNDON B. JOHNSON (1908-1973), had been elected both as Vice President and to his third term as a U.S. Senator from Texas on November 6, 1960.

On January 3, 1961, he took the oath of office for his full six-year term as a U.S. Senator and then resigned. His friend and mentor, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, administered Johnson’s Oath of Office as Vice President on January 20, 1961. After their swearing in ceremonies, JFK appointed Johnson to head the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunities.

Less than three years after this inauguration, JFK (the youngest President to die) would be assassinated in Dallas, Texas, and Johnson would be sworn in as the nation’s 36th President aboard Air Force One. LBJ would be sworn in as President in his own right on January 20, 1965. Measures 6.5″x10″ without frame.

Museum quality frame with photo & plaque.

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