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JFK's time living in the Lowcountry

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President John F. Kennedy. (file) President John F. Kennedy. (file)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The iconic president remembered on the 50th anniversary of his assassination has an historic connection to the Holy City.

In 1942, Naval records show that the young John F. Kennedy was stationed in Charleston while working for the Office of Naval Intelligence.

Publisher of The Charleston Mercury paper, Charles W. Waring III, said the future president lived on Murray Boulevard in a house on the Battery during his stay.

"He stayed there for several months and he was with the Middleton family, but they never talked about it because he was their guest," said Waring.

Waring said during this time in World War II, Charleston was overflowing with Navy personnel and Charleston's mayor asked residents to open their homes to the young servicemen.

It just so happened that one home on Murray Boulevard would house the future President of the United States.

"He talked about the hospitality and how much he enjoyed the characters in Charleston and that they really represented something special that he would never forget," said Waring on Kennedy's time in Charleston.

And the President apparently never forgot one classic Charleston cocktail party at the house next door.

The legend goes that the president retold a party prank that happened in Charleston when a young man started up a boat motor at a cocktail party inside the home next door to where he lived.

"The fact that the president, 20 years after the incident, was gaffing about it and remembered it so fondly shows the characters he met at this party," Waring said.

It was a short -- but no doubt memorable -- stay in the Lowcountry for the man that would be president.


  • Stefanie Bainum

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