Richard Nixon Concedes to JFK

At approximately 4:00 AM on November 9, 1960, Vice President Richard Nixon addressed his supporters.

“As I look at the board here, while there are results still to come in, if the present trend continues, Mr. Kennedy, Senator Kennedy, will be the next president of the United States.”

Nixon beamed. A wild, happy smile, full of pathos and dreadful to watch.

“I want Senator Kennedy to know, and I want all of you to know certainly if this trend does continue and if he does become our next president then he will have my wholehearted support.”