John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s first political campaign came in 1946 when he ran for Congress in the 11th District of Massachusetts. He was 28 years old, a graduate of Harvard University and a veteran of WWII, having served as a PT Boat commander in the Pacific Theatre. He was recognized for heroism, helping to save his crew members after being rammed by a Japanese destroyer.
Kennedy is shown here relaxing in a chair below one of his campaign posters. Photographs of his mom, Rose, and his father, Joseph, are on the mantle. He is wearing a white shirt with a rep tie and gray flannel pants. When inaugurated as President of the United States in 1961, Kennedy brought a dramatic improvement in style to the White House.