November 14, 1959

Kennedys Studio Portrait
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy.

Oklahoma’s sixteenth governor (1959-1963), J. Howard Edmondson, and his wife, Jeanette Edmondson, were personal friends of the Kennedys. In November 1959, John and Jackie visited Oklahoma to attend a football game and the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner with the Edmondsons.

Original correspondence from the Kennedys about this trip is available on Digital Prairie.

View the remarks from John F. Kennedy’s visit at the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner in Oklahoma City on November 14, 1959.

For more information about President John F. Kennedy, explore his presidential library’s holdings.

Photo credit: Oklahoma State Archives, MS 37-5-3 J. Howard and Jeanette Edmondson Collection