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From Coos Bay to the White House: Candidate Kennedy in Oregon

In the years leading up to his presidential nomination in 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy was a frequent visitor to Oregon, serving as grand marshal of the Medford Pear Blossom Parade and throwing out the first ball at a Little League game in The Dalles. It was all a long way from Harvard, but it led to a crucial victory in the Oregon primary that propelled him toward the Oval Office.

David Sarasohn is a columnist for The Oregonian, a former professor of American history, and the author of three books.