His first official appearance in Northampton was at a Knights of Columbus communion breakfast on March 18, 1951. The two Massachusetts politicians became fast friends, and O'Rourke used his political sway to arrange several campaign stops in the district throughout Kennedy's career in Congress. The 1952 Senate election was especially important, as Kennedy hoped to unseat Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. And put an end to the Lodge family dynasty that had dominated politics in Massachusetts.
It was indeed a tough race, but Kennedy won the election with just 51% of the votes. Kennedy supported O'Rourke in return, most notably when he ran for the Massachusetts Senate; despite the strong endorsement from Senator Kennedy, O'Rourke did not win. The item "JOHN F KENNEDY SIGNED LETTER W NOTE TO MASS REPRESENTATIVE JOHN O' ROURKE 1951" is in sale since Sunday, December 30, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Autographs\Political\Presidential".The seller is "rachelejulian" and is located in Tinley Park, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide. Kennedy