AMESBURY, Mass. — In 1945, David Powers, son of Irish immigrants, answered a knock on the door in Charlestown, Mass., and met a young political candidate for Congress: John Kennedy. They immediately hit it off and became lifelong friends. Powers played a unique role in Kennedy’s world and even went on to become “Special Assistant to the President” in the White House.
After the death of his friend, Powers was a steward of history and led the Kennedy Museum, but he also held on to many uniquely personal items.
During President’s Day Weekend 2013, many personal items and pieces of White House history from the estate of David Powers, longtime friend of JFK and Special Assistant to the President, will be sold at a unique auction at McInnis Auctions Gallery, 76 Main St., Amesbury, Mass.
The sale will move in chronological order from the 1930s, through the early campaign years, onto the presidency and later the founding of the JFK Museum in Boston. It will tell the emotional story of two friends, highlight the Kennedy family’s glory days and recap an important era in America history.
Items in the sale include JFK’s Air Force One leather bomber jacket, a birthday card from 2-year-old John to his father, the typewritten itinerary from JFK’s trip to Dallas, Texas, for Nov. 21-22, 1963, and even correspondence between Joe Kennedy and Gloria Swanson.
For more information on the JFK archive auction, contact McInnis Auctions at email@example.com or 978-390-2425, or visit www.mcinnisauctions.com online.