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Sept. 19, 1956: Sen. John F. Kennedy talks with reporters during a news conference at the Biltmore hotel. Kennedy was making campaign stops for the Democratic Party. This photo was published in the Sept. 20, 1956, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julian Robinson / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 18, 1956: Sen. John F. Kennedy talks with a reporter at Los Angeles International Airport after arriving in Southern California for Democratic Party campaign stops. The photo at right was published in the Sept. 19, 1956, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Sept. 18, 1956: Sen. John F. Kennedy talks with a reporter at Los Angeles International Airport. Kennedy was making a campaign swing through Southern California for the Democratic Party.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Sept. 19, 1956: Sen. John F. Kennedy talks with reporters during a news conference at the Biltmore hotel while in Southern California for Democratic Party campaigning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julian Robinson / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 19, 1956: Sen. John F. Kennedy talks with reporters during a news conference at the Biltmore hotel while in Southern California for Democratic Party campaigning. This photo at right was published in the Sept. 20, 1956, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julian Robinson / Los Angeles Times

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On Sept. 18, 1956, Sen. John F. Kennedy arrived in Los Angeles for a series of campaign appearances and speeches for the Democratic Party.

A short story reported in the Sept. 19, 1956, Los Angeles Times:

Sen. John F. Kennedy (D- Mass.), here to campaign on behalf of Democratic candidates, last night predicted a clean Democratic sweep at the polls in November.

Kennedy said he believes the Democrats will win control of both the House and Senate. The Democratic presidential and vice presidential ticket of Stevenson and Kefauver, he said, is “on the ascendancy.”

“Stevenson has a 50-50 chance of winning now,” Sen. Kennedy declared, “and his prospects are improving all the time.”

The youthful senator from Massachusetts was met at International Airport by Paul Ziffren, Democratic national committeeman, other top state Democratic figures and his brother-in-law, actor Peter Lawford…

His trip here is the first leg of a 6,000-mile campaign tour to six states.

At a news conference at the Biltmore hotel the next day, Sen. Kennedy repeated his predictions of a Democratic sweep in November. Another photo and story of Kennedy was published in the Sept. 20, 1956, Los Angeles Times.

Both media events were covered by Times staff photographers. A total of eight 4×5 inch negatives – four from each event – were recently scanned. All eight images are in the above photo gallery, but I did crop one for the horizontal lead photo. The Sept. 19, 1956, photos are by staff photographer Julian Robinson. The identity of the Sept. 18, 1956, photographer is unknown.

In the 1956 elections, President Dwight D. Eisenhower won reelection carrying 41 states to seven for Stevenson. The Democratic Party did retain control over the Senate and House of Representatives. Sen. Kennedy, who in 1956 was a serious Democratic vice presidential candidate, was elected president in 1960.

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