Sunday, January 4, 2015



New York City (JFK+50) Fifty-five years ago today, January 4, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy* of Massachusetts discussed politics in a telephone conversation with Governor Michael DiSalle of Ohio.

The Governor was planning to run for the Democratic Nomination for President in 1960 only in his home state and then would be working in the Kennedy campaign.

Mr. DiSalle served as governor of the state of Ohio from 1959 to 1963.  He was defeated for re-election in 1962 basically because of his stand against capital punishment and a tax increase enacted during his term.

In 1966, the former Ohio governor co-founded the DiSalle-Staudinger Law Firm in Washington, D.C.

Senator Kennedy, who flew here to New York City on American Airlines, returned to Washington, D.C. at 6:40 p.m. and dined at the home of Joe Alsop** later in the evening.

JFK Attends Birthday Party
for Governor Michael DiSalle
Ohio State Fairgrounds
January 6, 1962
Photo by Cecil W. Stoughton
JFK Library Image

*Michael DiSalle (1908-1981) served as Mayor of Toledo and 60th governor of Ohio.  He was born in New York City to Italian-American immigrants and moved to Toledo at the age of 3.  MD graduated from Georgetown University and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1932.  He was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1937.  In December 1950, President Truman appointed him as director of the Office of Price Stabilization.  MD wrote "The Power of Life" concerning his stand against capital punishment and "Second Choice," a history of the Vice-presidency.

**Joseph Alsop (1910-1989) was an American journalist and newspaper columnist from the 1930s to the 1970s.  JA was a graduate of the Groton School and Harvard University.


"JFK Campaign Calendar," by Michelle Morrissette,