Flashback Friday: On This Day In 1960, JFK Names Scoop Jackson To Head DNC

July 16, 1960:

Scoop Jackson for VP

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One day after beginning his campaign as his party's presidential nominee, Sen. John Kennedy (D-Mass.) names his longtime friend, Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson of Washington, as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Jackson agrees to serve only until January 1961.

First elected to the Senate in 1952 — the same year as Kennedy — Jackson had been under consideration as JFK's running mate, a selection that ultimately went to Sen. Lyndon Johnson of Texas.

Also on this day, Kennedy announces that his brother, Robert, will be his campaign manager.

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