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LBJ Attends NYC Dinner for Jackie Kennedy and JFK Library

June 17, 1964 - President Johnson paid a brief visit to New York last night to attend a private dinner in honor of Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy and friends and trustees of the library to be erected as a memorial to the late President at Harvard University.

The dinner on the roof of the St. Regis Hotel was given by Stephen E. Smith, treasurer of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, and his wife Jean, sister of the late President.

The 200 guests at the affair included many prominent persons. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and other members of the family were present.

When the Presidential car arrived in front of the hotel at 7:25 p.m., there were loud cheers from the 300 persons who had gathered. Attorney General Kennedy, who arrived at the hotel soon after the President, was also cheered.

The guests attended a reception in an anteroom and then went into the dinner. The President sat with Mrs. Kennedy on his left. Mrs. Johnson sat at another table.

Among the guests were Adlai Stevenson, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., W. Averell Harriman, David Dubinsky, Roy Wilkins, Theodore White, and Mrs. Ernest Hemingway.

Mrs. Kennedy and her party left the hotel soon after 11 o’clock. She walked quickly to her waiting car accompanied by loud applause, smiled at the crowd, and entered the limousine, which left immediately.

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