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Campaigning at Case: Presidential Elections, 1892-2008
1960: Candidates Visit

On September 26, students from WRU turned out to Cleveland's Lakefront Airport to greet John F. Kennedy and provided an "Honor Guard" for a rally at Euclid Beach Park. The next day, Kennedy's motorcade proceeded down Euclid Avenue in University Circle to a cheering crowd. One month later, on October 27, Henry Cabot Lodge, Republican vice presidential candidate, visited campus in an event sponsored by both WRU and Case. He spoke to an estimated crowd of 2,500 in front of Haydn Hall. Richard M. Nixon, Republican presidential candidate, spoke at Cleveland's Public Auditorium on October 6, where a contingent of the WRU Youth for Nixon-Lodge group was in attendance.

The WRU yearbook, Lux, covered the visits to Cleveland and the campus by the candidates: John F. Kennedy and Henry Cabot Lodge (below).
Kennedy's car did not stop on campus as expected. He sent a letter of apology to Dean Russell Griffin for the mistake.
Republican vice presidential candidate Lodge spoke to an estimated crowd of 2,500 on campus.
Parade float for the Case Mock Political Convention.
The Wyoming delegation, made up of nurses from St. Luke's Hospital, at the Case Mock Political Convention.
In addition to student-sponsored events, the University also sponsored events surrounding the presidential race.
WRU students formed a club in support of Republican candidates Nixon and Lodge.

Ohio Popular Vote
National Popular Vote
Electoral Vote
Richard M. Nixon (R) 2,217,611 (53.3%)
John F. Kennedy (D) 1,944,248 (46.7%)
John F. Kennedy (D) 34,221,344 (49.72%)
Richard M. Nixon (R) 34,106,671 (49.55%)
Eric Hass (Socialist Labor) 47,522 (.07%)
John F. Kennedy (D) 303
Richard M. Nixon (R) 219
Harry F. Byrd 15

Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, September 2004.