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The Dallas Morning News, November 9, 1960, announcing Kennedy's victory

Object Number: 1996.006.0409
Collector: Phil Willis
Type of Object: Newspaper
Dimensions: 22 3/4 x 15 1/4 in. (57.8 x 38.7 cm)
Medium: Newsprint
Front section of The Dallas Morning News from November 9, 1960.

The banner headline across the front page reads "Kennedy and Johnson Capture Nation; Democrats Returned to Full Power." There are photographs of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson below the headline and all of the articles on the front page are related to the 1960 elections, both across the nation and in the Dallas area.

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Curator's Notes

The editorial page of The Dallas Morning News had endorsed Richard M. Nixon for president in 1960.  In fact, the newspaper's publisher, Ted Dealey, would later insult President Kennedy to his face at a White House luncheon in October 1961, saying that the United States needed "a man on horseback" rather than someone "riding Caroline's tricycle."  In the 1960 election, Dallasites supported Nixon over Kennedy by the largest margin of any major city in the country. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

Phil Willis (1918-1995), the original collector of this newspaper, was a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps who survived the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 and was also an eyewitness to the Kennedy assassination. He took a series of important color photographs of the Kennedy motorcade and the Dealey Plaza aftermath which continue to be studied by researchers around the world.  During the 1960 election, Willis was a very active local volunteer for the Kennedy/Johnson campaign. - Stephen Fagin, Curator  

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