Item #JFK012 Inscribed Photo of John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office. John F. Kennedy, Joseph C. Duke.

Inscribed Photo of John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office.

Price: $6,500.00

Photograph. Near Fine.

Undated. Original 9 ¼" x 7 ½" b/w photo, in an 18 ½" x 18" frame. Signed and inscribed by Kennedy to Sergeant at Arms Joe Duke on white matte: "For Joe Duke / With warm personal regards of his friend / John Kennedy." Original photo of Kennedy standing in the oval office, flanked by four individuals, with Duke standing cross-armed at far right, in a black frame, matted in white and green. Fine photo. With Charles Hamilton certificate of authenticity to rear of frame. Overall, an excellent association. Joseph C. Duke served as the Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate in 1949-1953 and again 1955-1965, during the administrations of Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson. The Sergeant at Arms is the Senate's "chief law enforcement and protocol officer," with a staff of nearly 1,000. One of the highlights of Duke's career was aiding Senator Estes Kefauver in his highly publicized investigation into organized crime in the early 1950s, which introduced the American public to the Mafia. Duke's successful role in the investigation caused one senator to refer to him as the "Houdini of Washington." John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States (1961 - 1963), whose time in office was marked by events like the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Space Race. The youngest person ever elected U.S. president, he was also the youngest president to die, when he was tragically assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Item #JFK012