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Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts

John F. Kennedy was enrolled a member of the A&HAC on 16 April 1956 and was elected an Honorary Member on 3 April 1961. On the occasion of his Inaugural as President on 20 January 1961, seventy-five officers and members proudly participated in the Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC.
From http://www.ahac.us.com/presidents.htm

1637 - Petition to the General Court of Massachusetts to establish a military organization

1638 - Charter granted to form the Military Company of Massachusetts

1690 - First time the Company is called the "Artillery Company"

1737 - Company referred to as this "ancient and honorable artillery company"

1746 - The Company moves to Faneuil Hall

1775 - The War of Independence begins on April 19th and many members are called to duty in their respective militias which later is known as the Continental Army

1776 - The Declaration of Independence is read from the balcony of the Old State House by a member of the Company, a tradition that carries on today [July 4th Parade]

1787 - Shays Rebellion finds that the Company is the only Boston militia ready and equipped to go West

1812 - War with Britain finds Company members inducted into Federal Service

1847 - War with Mexico finds Brigadier General Caleb Chase, a member of the Company, recognized for distinguished service

1861 - Civil War draws many members to Federal service

1917 - Many members of the Company are called to duty for World War I

1941 - World War II sees many members of the Company called to war; in 1943 members hold a War Bond campaign that raises enough money to buy two bombers for the European Theater

From http://www.ahac.us.com/timeline.htm

In its Armory, the Company maintains a Military Museum and Library, which is without equal in the United States. Here are relics of every war in which this Country has been engaged, since its settlement. The Armory is open to the public daily, and many thousands of visitors from every part of the world register every year in the Guest Book.

The members of the Company trod the fields of every battlefield of New England; they fought for freedom on foreign soil; they judged the courts; they pleaded at the bar; they instituted town government and leveled forests; and they were active in settling the towns of the frontier.

Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company members served on every battlefield from Bunker Hill to Yorktown, the War of 1812 and the Civil War, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm.

This is the Company that Washington knew, that Franklin saw march through the streets of Boston, that John Adams and John Quincy Adams visited; that has had eight members who received our nation's highest military decoration - the Medal of Honor - and has had four of its members serve in the worlds' most important office, President of the United States; President James Monroe, Chester Alan Arthur, Calvin Coolidge and John F. Kennedy; the same Company which has always stood for, and always will stand for, the best in citizenship.

From http://www.ahac.us.com/detailhis.htm

(See John F. Kennedy: A Biography By Michael O'Brien, 2005


Evelyn Lincoln, Secretary To Kennedy, Is Dead at 85
May 13, 1995

Evelyn Lincoln, the devoted personal secretary who served President John F. Kennedy from the day he entered the Senate to the day he was assassinated, died on Thursday at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. She was 85 and lived in Chevy Chase, Md.

Her family said the cause of death was complications after cancer surgery.

If the relationship between an executive and a secretary can be likened to a marriage, the one between John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Evelyn Norton Lincoln was a bond forged in political heaven.

When Mrs. Lincoln, then a 43-year-old Congressional aide, came to work for him in 1953, the new Senator from Massachusetts was everything she had been looking for in a Capitol Hill boss: a charismatic politician with Presidential possibilities.

And when he hired her, Mr. Kennedy, then a 35-year-old bachelor, got the secretary every politician longs for: an efficient, savvy confidante whose devotion to him and his ambitions knew no bounds.

The daughter of John Norton, a member of Congress from Nebraska, Evelyn Norton was born in Polk County, Neb., on June 25, 1909. She graduated from George Washington University in Washington and studied law there for for two years. Her husband, Harold W. Lincoln, whom she met at the university, was a Federal worker.
In 1952, after working for an obscure Georgia Congressman, Mrs. Lincoln began looking for a politician with Presidential possibilities and found Mr. Kennedy.

Within weeks of their first meeting, she had made herself virtually indispensable. In addition to her official duties, she once recalled, she was also required to telephone the women he was interested in to ask them for movie dates with the Senator.

Mrs. Lincoln claimed to be one of the first to know that his romance with Jacqueline Bouvier was serious. "He called her himself," she said.

Mr. Kennedy's election to the Presidency elevated his personal secretary to a public figure. Her office, next to the President's, became a nerve center at the White House, partly because of the candy dish she kept there along with the humidor full of gift cigars not up to Presidential standards, and partly because of the West Wing's layout.

Mrs. Lincoln had a direct view of the President in his office. And the President had to walk through her office to get to Cabinet meetings. Her office also had a television set on which the President and aides watched the nation's first manned space flight and other major events.

(Her office's strategic location, Mrs. Lincoln once revealed, was put to devious use by Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. She said he used to cut through her office to give White House aides the impression he had been closeted with the President.)

Mrs. Lincoln, who was in the third bus back of the President's car when he was shot in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, became a macabre footnote to assassination lore linking two slain Presidents elected exactly 100 years apart when it was widely noted that Abraham Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy and President Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln.

Although she continued to work for the White House for a while after the assassination, Mrs. Lincoln never hid the disdain she felt for her idol's successor.

Before his trip to Dallas, Mrs. Lincoln later said, President Kennedy had told her that he planned to drop Mr. Johnson from the 1964 Democratic ticket.

The full extent of Mrs. Lincoln's devotion to Mr. Kennedy did not become apparent until after his death when she revealed that she had saved virtually every scrap of paper that had crossed his desk in the White House, including idle doodles and jottings she sometimes had to dig out of wastebaskets.

Mrs. Lincoln, who was one of the seven original incorporators of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, gave the papers to the library, where the doodles and other ephemera are among the most popular exhibits, library officials said yesterday.

Mrs. Lincoln published two volumes of memoirs, "My Twelve Years with John F. Kennedy," (1965) and "Kennedy and Johnson," (1968).

She returned to Capitol Hill as a secretary from 1967 to 1973, but always had an eye out for a potential President.

In 1982, convinced she had found one, she campaigned for Senator Gary Hart of Colorado, telling one crowd, "The people who loved John Kennedy should love Gary Hart." His candidacy collapsed in a scandal triggered by womanizing.

Mrs. Lincoln is survived by her husband.

From  http://www.nytimes.com/1995/05/13/obituaries/evelyn-lincoln-secretary-to-kennedy-is-dead-at-85.html?pagewanted=2&src=pm 

Evelyn Lincoln, Secretary, 
with President Kennedy
2 ½  x  3 ¾ inches
M.D., has signed the card.  3  x 5  inches.

Pioneering Dictation Technology

Key Dates

1881: Alexander Graham Bell, Chichester Bell, and Charles Sumner Tainter produce the Dictaphone.
1888: Alexander Graham Bell and Tainter establish the Volta Graphophone Company.
1907: The American Graphophone Company, which ultimately becomes the Columbia Graphophone Company, buys the Dictaphone patent.
1923: Dictaphone Corporation is established when Columbia sells the company

Following the war, Dictaphone contacted leading plastics companies about the development of a plastic recording belt. When the company was told that such a product would be impossible to develop, Dictaphone's engineers went to work and made it themselves, producing an affordable, lightweight plastic media that could record 15 minutes of sound. Called the DictaBelt, the new recording media was used with Dictaphone's new Time-Master dictation machine, which used the plastic records instead of wax cylinders. This development, followed by the use of transistors shortly thereafter, enabled the company to produce dictation machines that were much smaller than previous models.

In 1953 Lloyd Maledon Powell was named president of Dictaphone. Powell had joined the company in the early 1920s, shortly after graduating from Purdue University with a civil engineering degree. After working as a contracting engineer and salesman at Dictaphone he became general sales manager and then vice-president in 1951. Powell served as Dictaphone's president until 1966, at which time he was named company chairman. Powell retired in 1969, but remained a company director until 1977. In addition to shaping the company throughout his long career, Powell served as an advisor to President Eisenhower in the Office of Economic Opportunity. He also was a consultant to President Johnson, via the National Economic Stabilization Board, during the Vietnam War.

Throughout the 1950s Dictaphone continued to introduce new products. During this time period a variety of professionals, namely physicians and attorneys, accepted dictation as a better and faster method than handwriting and stenography. The company played a large role in promoting the use of dictation systems. This was evident by its sponsorship of the first National Secretaries Week in June 1952. Dictaphone introduced the Dictet in 1957. Weighing only two pounds, it used a magnetic cassette to record sound and was the first portable dictation machine.

From http://www.answers.com/topic/dictaphone-healthcare-solutions#ixzz1Tn1nVuKT

This card may be the most ironic object of JFK's life, in that it pertained to the kind of equipment which loomed very large in the controversy surrounding his death.

The most studied Dictabelt in human history is that which is believed to have recorded the police department radio channels in Dallas, Texas during his last minute before, and the first minutes after, his assassination. Specifically, a Dictabelt recording, evidently from a microphone stuck in the open position on a motorcycle police officer's radio, is believed to be the only known audio record of the sounds (incl. the gunshots) of the environs past which JFK's limousine drove during those famous minutes in 1963.

Sounds on this recording were interpreted, by the 1978 U.S. House (of Representatives) Select Committee on Assassinations, to support the view that the 1964 Warren Commission on the assassination had been wrong in its view that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone as the assassin. After evidence from the Dictabelt recording was made available, the HSCA declared that a second gunman had fired the third of fourth shots heard on the recording. Ever since, this recording has been the subject of intense controversy among experts, and thus intense interest among segments of the media and the public.
                                                                                            See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dictabelt_evidence_relating_to_the_assassination_of_John_F._Kennedy .

President John F. Kennedy    
Remarks at the High School Football Stadium, Los Alamos, New Mexico.          December 7, 1962

Dr. Bradbury, Mr. Vice President, Senator Anderson, Congressman Montoya, Congressman Morris, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls:

Senator Anderson just said, "Well, I don't know how well they dress here, but they've got brains." But I think you look very well, and I want to tell you that we are delighted to have you, to have a chance to come and express our greetings to you.

The United States, which has a great faculty for self-criticism, highly developed, and quite rightly values it as one of our essential freedoms, I think fails to take into account what an extraordinary burden and what an extraordinary job this country has done over the last 17 years in the defense of freedom. All around the world there are hundreds and millions of people, and dozens of countries who would not be free if it were not for the will and the courage and the power of the people of the United States of America; 180 million people who are the keystone in the whole arch of the whole fight for freedom around the world, being the mainspring of containment of the Communist empire which numbers a billion people and stretches over great reaches of Asia and Europe.

Why have we been able to do it? We have been able to do it in part because nature was generous to us and we have a rich country. We have been able to do it in part, the greater part, because our people, reluctantly in many cases, were willing to take up the burdens that were placed upon us at the end of the second war, and have borne those burdens for so many years in so many different parts of the world, and the result is that today the United States offers for the defense of Europe the largest force in NATO. The United States maintains the largest navy in the world. The United States maintains the largest Strategic Air Force in the world. The United States today has hundreds of our sons and brothers in Viet-Nam and Thailand and all around the globe who in some cases are fighting and in some cases dying for the maintenance of other countries' freedom as well as their own.

And lastly, I think this country has performed its great function because, as Senator Anderson has said, its people have had brains, and we have appreciated the cult of excellence, and we have developed that talent in a way which has served our country and served mankind. There is no group of people in this country whose record over the last 20 years has been more pre-eminent in the service of their country than all of you here in this small community in New Mexico.

We want to express our thanks to you. It's not merely what was done during the days of the second war, but what has been done since then, not only in developing weapons of destruction which, by an irony of fate, help maintain the peace and freedom, but also in medicine and in space, and all the other related fields which can mean so much to mankind if we can maintain the peace and protect our freedom.

So you here in this mountain town make a direct contribution not only to the freedom of this country, but to those thousands of miles away. And therefore, I am proud, as President of the United States, to come here today and express our thanks to you, and to also tell you how much I've admired from some years ago, from reading an article about the kind of schools that you run here and the kind of boys and girls that you're bringing up. We hope from them the same kind of service that you have rendered.
Thanks to you all.

Note: The President's opening words referred to Dr. Norris E. Bradbury, Director of the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratories; Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson; and U.S. Senator Clinton P. Anderson and U.S. Representatives Joseph M. Montoya and Thomas G. Morris, all of New Mexico.

From http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=9044#axzz1TstseVYK

White House, etc. access badges, and other items from JFK, of Evelyn Lincoln, Secretary To President Kennedy
JFK in Los Alamos, with Sen. Clinton P. Anderson, N.M.,  wearing his Guest badge, with print easily visible, 1962.

On 27 September 1961, President  Kennedy visited the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and  announced John McCone as the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

JFK, retiring CIA Director Allan Dulles, and incoming Director McCone  

The objects below might not be considered in and of themselves significant enough to warrant presentation on this site, were they to have pertained to lesser figures than John F. Kennedy and some of his key aides.
But since the most important JFK objects are held by the JFK Library in Boston, Mass., USA, and considering the huge historic magnitude of JFK, "third-rate" objects significantly associated with him are arguably equivalent to first-rate objects significantly associated with lesser historical figures.

In the highly regarded book The 100: a ranking of the most influential persons in history by Michael H. Hart, JFK is ranked #80, solely because of his primary responsibility for the lauching of the American goverment's program to send men to the moon, which became a historic success in 1969.

Other aspects of Kennedy's career that warrant special attention to objects significantly associated with him include:
his handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, widely regarded as one of the great occasions of calamity averted by skillful diplomacy, and as a model for the handling of such crises, and

his 1960 campaign for the U.S Presidency, considered the first such successful insurgent candidacy, in that never before had a candidate won a Presidential nomination of a major party (and thereafter the November election) without having previously been widely considered by party elders to be Presidential timber. This is to say, he was the first man to succeed in an essentially unilateral run for the Presidency, in his case via his unbroken string of victories in the 1960 Democratic Presidential Primaries, and his subsequent receipt of the Democratic nomination on the first ballot at that party's National Convention.

Previously, Presidential timber required a resume containing one of the following executive or quasi-executive qualifications:
Vice-President; General in the army; Secretary of State, War, or Commerce; Chairman of a major Congressional Committee; or Governor of a fairly major state.

The only exceptions to the above before Kennedy were Abe Lincoln and Warren G. Harding, the administration of the latter being so rocked with scandal that his Presidency has consistently been considered one of the worst in American history; his nomination on the tenth ballot of the 1920 Republican Convention resulted from a famous secret meeting of party elders in a "Smoke-filled Room".
As for Lincoln, his lack of executive or quasi-executive qualifications was all but inevitable for anyone seeking nomination and election as a Republican, since that party was much too new in 1860 for it to have had available the sort of "farm team" (of persons with such qualifications) possessed by most parties in American political history.
JFK and wife Jackie leaving hospital, 1954

A ceremony unveiling a JFK Memorial Statue was held in New Ross, Ireland, on 11October 2011.     96 members of the Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company were accompanied by members of the Irish naval Service who provided an Honour Guard.

From http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1007/newross.html
JFK in Oval Office, using dictaphone

John Kennedy was not healthy enough to travel from 1948 through 1950.  Only when cortisone pills became available in 1950 did his Addison's disease become controllable enough to energize him to live normally. Thus in January 1951 he could visit six countries in Europe, gaining private audiences with the Pope and Marshall Tito of Yugoslavia;  prior to sailing from the US, he was certified for immunity for smallpox.

His health would periodically haunt him through the rest of his life: he faced  brushes with death from Addison's disease late in 1951, and from back surgery in 1954.

1960 Democratic Nomination Campaign: aide Bob Troutman

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Mass. Labor Federation badge
(major speech) 1956

The three cards immediately below each pertain to a very significant aspect of John Kennedy's rise to the Presidency: his fluctuating health, his WWII military record, and his avid interest and use of the newest communications technology.

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