Carolina Rocking Chair (MO 63.1339)

Carolina Rocker [also know as the Kennedy Rocker]

[Also known as the Kennedy Rocker]

Maker: P&P Chair Company (American, est. 1926)

Date Made: ca. 1955

Place Made: North Carolina, Asheboro

Medium: Mahogany, cane, textile

Dimensions: 46 x 28 x 33 in.

High cane back rocking chair of stained mahogany with a detachable herringbone weave cane seat. Yellow seat cushions are embroidered with USS Kitty Hawk, Commander-in-Chief.  Plate on back reads: Presented to President John F. Kennedy by Commander Carrier Division One and USS Kitty Hawk C V A-63 6 June 1963.

On 6 June 1963, President John F. Kennedy, with top civilian and military leaders, boarded USS Kitty Hawk to witness a carrier task force weapons demonstration off the California coast. Addressing the men of the task group from Kitty Hawk, President Kennedy told them that, as in the past, control of the seas still means security, peace and ultimate victory.  It was on the Kitty Hawk that Capt. William F. Bringle and crew presented JFK with this rocking chair which he used in the Oval Office.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA; accession number MO 63.1339


The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum