John F. Kennedy in Wheeling
One of several visits to our city, then U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy first spoke to the people of Wheeling at the Virginia Theatre, October 14, 1956. He would later come back to Wheeling on the campaign trail, April 27, 1960 (seen below), and again as President, September 27, 1962.
➤ Kennedy Hits 'Big Business' In Talk Here, Wheeling Intelligencer, Monday, October 15th, 1956
➤ Kennedy Will Arrive Here On Tuesday, Wheeling Intelligencer, Friday, April 15th, 1960
➤ Kennedy Musters Up Votes in City, Wheeling Intelligencer, Wednesday, April 20th, 1960
➤ City Ready for Thousands at JFK Visit, Wheeling Intelligencer, Thursday, September 27th, 1962
➤ 6-7000 Hear President at Island Stadium, Wheeling Intelligencer, Friday, September 28th, 1962 (pg. 1)
➤ Kennedy Given Hearty Welcome at Airport and Stadium Scene, Wheeling Intelligencer, Friday, September 28th, 1962 (pg. 29)
From the West Virginia State Archives
➤ Edward A. Culley Oral History Interview — 2/14/1965
"Culley, co-chairman of Citizens for Kennedy in Ohio County, West Virginia (1960), discusses Ohio County, West Virginia’s 1960 Citizens for Kennedy group, John F. Kennedy’s 1960 campaign visit to Wheeling, West Virginia, and the religious issue in the West Virginia primary, among other issues."
Kennedy in North Wheeling, 1960. (Eddie Martin and William O'Leary Photograph Collection, OCPL Archives)