Kennedy, John F. Profiles In Courage; Decisive Moments In The Lives of Celebrated Americans. New York: Harper and Brothers, January 1958 (A-G). Later printing. SIGNED "John Kennedy" on ffe. 5.5" X 8.38", pp. xix, 1 - 266. The book is well bound and clean, only the slightest edge wear along the bottom and bumping at head / foot of spine. DJ has wear and several small chips along the bottom edge, closed tear at top right corner, small spot on spine and wear along the vertical edges of the spine. VG / G+
Kennedy, John F. Why England Slept; Decisive Moments In The Lives of Celebrated Americans. New York: Wilfed Funk, 1940. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED "To Jan / Best from / John Kennedy" on ffe. 5.5" X 8.25", pp. xxx, 3 - 252. The book is well bound and clean, some adhesive bleed through on end papers, only the minimal wear at the extremeities. Married DJ has small chipping at the corners, wear at the head / foot of spine, tide mark at base of spine and a mostly unobtrusive 2" closed tear on the rear panel
Ephemera: Also included with these books are items collected from the 1960 Oregon Campaign: Uncommon, 1” OK Oregon for Kennedy pin, Two multi-fold pieces of campaign literature, 8 pp. Kennedy biographical tabloid, torn corner.
In 1959 JFK visited Oregon five times. The following year he spent five days stumping in Oregon May 15th - 19th. The Oregon Primary was critical to JFK winning the Democratic nomination. At that time, Oregon was the first Western state to hold a mandatory primary — in which every candidate appeared on the ballot whether he wanted to be or not. Oregon had, over the previous decades, broke the hopes of other well-positioned candidates. In 1948, popular Minnesota governor Harold Stassen looked like he had a great shot at the Republican nomination until the polls closed in Oregon and he found that Thomas Dewey of New York had battered his hopes.
“The Oregon Trail for Sen. John F. Kennedy was really the end of a long, grueling cross-country tour de force. Pitted for the first time against a field of four, Kennedy registered a knockout.” Time Magazine
Kennedy had significant challenges to overcome: He was a Catholic in a state which had only recently outlawed the KKK, and papists were not well accepted by many. His brother Bobby Kennedy had created quite a stir in the Beaver State by the enthusiastically prosecuting the mob associated Teamsters Union, in the process indicting and prosecuting Portland’s popular Democratic mayor, Terry Schrunk. Schrunk was ultimately acquitted, but held a life long animosity toward the Kennedys. Perhaps most challenging was the entrance of Oregon Senator Wayne Morse into the race. A win by Morse in Oregon would likely have put an end to Kennedy's Presidential run. In the end, Kennedy got exactly what he needed from Oregon, and hardly a single vote more. The final vote tally put him at 50.9 percent of the vote — a commanding lead over the number-two vote-getter, Morse, with 32 percent.
Provenance: These books were signed in person by JFK for Mrs. Jan Tankersley, Portland OR. She was an avid Democrat, a devout Catholic, and supporter of JFK. She specifically went to the Portland airport on Sunday, May 15, 1960 to meet him. She had these books signed as he was hustling through the airport. She also went and listened to his speech at Lewis and Clark College the next morning. Tankersley added a small note in pencil on the ffe recording the event. Item #2044
"Great crises produce great men, and great deeds of courage." (p 55).