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The Associated PressMassachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy receives a hearty welcome at the Charelston airport Sept. 19, 1960. From left are West Virginia's two senators, Robert C. Byrd and Jennings Randolph. At right is state Attorney General W.W. Barron, the Democratic nominee for governor.

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President John F. Kennedy visited West Virginia a few times prior to his election in 1960. His victory in West Virginia's primary election is widely credited for spring-boarding him into the White House.

Born May 29, 1917, he was assassinated Nov. 22, 1963.