On November 22, 1963, fifty years ago, the life of President John F. Kennedy was taken by assassination in Dallas, Texas. President Kennedy represented for many Americans a hope for peace in a world stricken with anxiety about the potential of nuclear war. Though his life, presidency and potential additional efforts towards peace were cut short, he is remembered nationally and internationally today.
This article from the local area Ledger-Dispatch newspaper briefly covers a visit to Portsmouth by then Senator John F. Kennedy in 1957. Kennedy was the guest speaker at a dinner hosted by the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, and though not yet officially campaigning for President the visit likely gained him later support and votes from Portsmouth residents at the time.