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James Garfield

John Kennedy

  Before they became Presidents of the United States, James A. Garfield and John F. Kennedy managed to find their way to Derby. James Garfield spoke in the old "Nathan's Hall" (later known as Gould's Armory) and John F. Kennedy spoke in front of the Sterling Opera House. Kennedy's late night trip came in one of his final campaign stops during his successful run for the office the 1960. The stop was well chronicled in Theodore White's best selling book "The Making of the President, 1960." Kennedy made a second trip through Derby riding in an open car on a much sunnier day while serving as President.  Both buildings still stand though few realize the historical link to two tragic presidents.

Correct answers were received from: Millie from Ansonia, Randy Ritter, Marc J. Garofalo, Mary Lou Boroski, Fred Grant, Matt Handi, Robert Loftus, Markanthony Izzo, John Whalen, Jim Bartlett, john rak, Ann Searles, Nick from Terryville, Rick Armstrong, Brian McMahon, Marsha Pettengill, Jack Skelding, Linda Amico, Eileen Krugel, Joe Dedo, Robert Hyder, jack moran, Ray Allen, John Kowarik, Justin Henri, David Lenart, John Millea and Pat Shelton.

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