President John F. Kennedy’s Personal Senate Office Rocking Chair

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JFK’s iconic rocking chair. This is one of the first two ordered for his Senate office. It was later given to Evelyn Lincoln his Secretary. One of 12 he had in his career. The rocking chair was suggested by his Doctor, Janet Travell as a way to relieve the pain in his back from his war wounds suffered during WWII. The rocking chair became a symbol of his Presidency because the press picked up on his use of the chair during important White House meetings.img_4709img_4710jfk-rockerjfkrocker

ca. 1960-1963, Washington, DC, USA --- President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), thirty-fifth president of the United States, relaxes in his trademark rocking chair in the Oval Office. --- Image by © CORBIS