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See Rare Photos From John F. Kennedy's Presidential Nomination 55 Years Ago Today

John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention 55 years ago Monday.

The then-senator was elected on the first ballot at the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, after narrowly missing out on the vice presidential nomination four years earlier. He became the first Catholic president and the youngest U.S. president ever elected when he beat GOP candidate Richard Nixon in the general election that November.

See photos of the 1960 Democratic National Convention below:

  • Then-Sen. John F. Kennedy addresses the Democratic National Convention after accepting his nomination for president in Los An
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    Then-Sen. John F. Kennedy addresses the Democratic National Convention after accepting his nomination for president in Los Angeles on July 13, 1960.
  • The crowd at the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles on July 13, 1960.
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    The crowd at the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles on July 13, 1960.
  • Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy stands before the crowds at the Democratic National Convention on July 14, 1960, in Lo
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    Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy stands before the crowds at the Democratic National Convention on July 14, 1960, in Los Angeles.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Sen John Kennedy listens as his running mate, Sen Lyndon Johnson, assures a group of black de
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    Democratic Presidential nominee Sen John Kennedy listens as his running mate, Sen Lyndon Johnson, assures a group of black delegates to the National Convention that the party's new ultra-liberal platform has his whole-hearted support on July 15, 1960 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Robert F. Kennedy (standing), then-campaign manager for his brother, John F. Kennedy, chats here with actor Peter Lawford (se
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    Robert F. Kennedy (standing), then-campaign manager for his brother, John F. Kennedy, chats here with actor Peter Lawford (seated left) and then-California National Committeeman Paul Ziffen on the floor of Convention Hall during the Democratic National Convention on July 12, 1960, in Los Angeles.
  • At the Democratic National Convention, delegates cheer in support of presidential candidate John F. Kennedy.
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    At the Democratic National Convention, delegates cheer in support of presidential candidate John F. Kennedy.
  • Sen. John F. Kennedy outside his Biltmore Suite after getting the presidential nomination at the 1960 Democratic National Con
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    Sen. John F. Kennedy outside his Biltmore Suite after getting the presidential nomination at the 1960 Democratic National Convention.
  • American politicians and Democratic hopefuls for the White House, Sens. Lyndon B. Johnson (left, seated) and John F. Kennedy
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    American politicians and Democratic hopefuls for the White House, Sens. Lyndon B. Johnson (left, seated) and John F. Kennedy confer during the 1960 Democratic National Convention at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
  • Color photo of then-Sen. John F. Kennedy taken at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles during the 1960 convention.
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    Color photo of then-Sen. John F. Kennedy taken at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles during the 1960 convention.