It’s been 56 years since the world lost President John F. Kennedy.
On this anniversary of his death, we look back at his visits to the Miami Valley and Dayton region.
Many here might remember him, as a presidential hopeful, making numerous visits to the Miami Valley.
One memorable stop occurred when Kennedy spoke at a Dayton Bar Association event at the Biltmore Hotel on Sept. 17, 1959.
The young senator, who was running for the Democratic Party nomination, did not realize the event was a black tie affair.
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Price Stores sent over a tailor who took the Senator’s measurements and dressed him for the evening. Several days later, an employee at the store found an envelope with a campaign donation in a pocket of the returned tuxedo.
Charles Fidler at Price Stores wrote a letter to Kennedy and returned the $105. Kennedy wrote back thanking the men for their honesty and included $25 as reward. A copy of Kennedy’s letter is hanging in Price Stores today.
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