John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy Sends Letter to Harvard Roommate of Brother Joe



John F. Kennedy Sends Letter to Harvard Roommate of Brother Joe

Kennedy’s cryptic letter to long-time friend and supporter Richard Flood of Lowell, Massachusetts, follows up on an earlier letter in mid-August.

JOHN F. KENNEDY, Typed Letter Signed, to Richard Flood, September 15, 1950, Washington, D.C. On Congressional stationery.  1 p., 6.25" x 9". Expected folds; very good.

Complete Transcript

Dear Dick:

            I haven’t heard anything from you since my wire to you of August 15th, and I am wondering what, if anything, has happened since then.

            Did you go to see him, and what did he have to say? Is there anything further I can do to help out?

            With best wishes,

                                                                        Sincerely,

                                                                        Jack

 

Historical Background

Richard Flood had been a classmate and roommate of Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. at Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Like both Kennedy brothers, Flood had served in the Navy during World War II. When Joseph Kennedy Jr. was killed in England, John F. Kennedy reached out to Richard Flood for assistance in compiling As We Remember Joe, a memorial volume privately printed in 1945 as a gift to Kennedy’s parents and Joe’s close friends. Flood also aided Kennedy in his first Congressional campaign in 1946. They remained close friends until Kennedy’s death in 1963.

Richard R. Flood (1914-1969) was born in Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard College in 1939 and from its law school in 1946 as of 1942. Flood served as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. He received a master’s degree from the Harvard Business School cum laude in 1947. Admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1948, he established a practice in Lowell, Massachusetts, and was a partner in the firm of Flood, Valentine, and Foisy until his death.

 


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