November 11, 1953

Senator John F. Kennedy Declines McCarthyite Alvin Owsley’s Invitation to Visit Texas - But Invites Him to Lunch

Typed Letter Signed
1 page
SMC 340
Whether, with this letter to McCarthyite Alvin Mansfield Owsley, Kennedy was executing the graceful steps by which he avoided being labeled a supporter of the demagogic McCarthy, and courting at the same time the reactionary element that endorsed him, is difficult to know. Suffice it to say that here Kennedy turns down an invitation to attend an event in Texas, but invites Owsley, when in Washington, to join him for lunch.
Noted, too, is the date: ten years later, Kennedy would accept an invitation to Texas. Then, he would be President, and there, he would be assassinated.
Typed Letter Signed (twice), with autograph postscript, as Senator, 1 page, quarto, United States Senate, November 11, 1953. To Alvin Mansfield Owsley.
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