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On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected president of the United States, defeating Richard Nixon in one of the closest national elections of the 20th century. At 43, Kennedy was (and remains) the youngest person elected to the office, and it was largely this quality in the man and his family -- an engaging, youthful dynamism -- that so captured the imagination of millions across the country. As Kennedy and his team ran a heady, propulsive campaign unlike any America had seen, LIFE's best photographers were there, chronicling the grind of public appearances and the quieter moments JFK spent with advisers, with Jackie, and -- rarest of all -- alone, with his own thoughts. Here, on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's victory, LIFE.com presents never-seen, unpublished photographs of an enigmatic, intensely ambitious man making history, and ushering in the poignantly brief American era known ever after as "Camelot."
Originally posted by Romantic_Rebel
President Kennedy was one of the greatest Presidents of the United States of America. I miss this person.