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- 35th president of the United States (1917–1963)
When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, Oklahomans joined the rest of the nation to mourn the loss of the 35th president of the United States.
Kennedy had traveled to Oklahoma on numerous occasions before his death. From his campaign rallies to his presidential visits, Kennedy attracted large crowds. One visit was more solemn, when in January 1963 he came to the state to attend funeral services for Robert S. Kerr, who had served Oklahoma as governor and a U.S. senator.
It was on Nov. 22 that same year that JFK was killed while traveling in a presidential motorcade in Dealy Plaza in Dallas. The days that followed were filled with tears, prayers and memorial services as Oklahomans remembered the slain president.
The Oklahoman's staff photographers documented Kennedy's visits, as well as the actions of Oklahomans as they honored him after his death. And, as the new year turned into 1964, photos also recorded what followed as Kennedy's name was bestowed on a school, and his image was placed on U.S. savings bonds and postage stamps, just a few examples of efforts that were embraced locally and nationally to pay tribute to Kennedy and to continue his legacy.
This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Throwback Thursday: Remembering the legacy of President John F. Kennedy