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The Jeoffroy Collection - Robert F. Kennedy at Tractor Expo (1965)

Joe Joeffroy

Silent | 1965

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This home movie was filmed by Ray Jeoffroy while he was traveling selling plows for his Amarillo company, Jeoffroy Manufacturing. The film documents several trips through the Midwestern United States. There is a short portion capturing the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and the nearby Kahler Hotel. The film then moves to Sky-Go Farms, a dairy farm in Fulton, MO, followed by the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, OK. The final portion of the film records an appearance by Robert F. Kennedy at a tractor expo in Missouri.
Robert Francis Kennedy, Sr. (November 20, 1925-June 6, 1968) served as the United States Attorney General under his brother, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Sr., and his successor Lyndon B. Johnson. He left the office of Attorney General to serve as the United States Senator from New York.
 
Born into a prominent political family in 1925 in Brookline, MA, RFK joined the U.S. Naval Reserves during World War II and served as Seaman Apprentice from 1944-1946. After his service, RFK attended Harvard University and obtained a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He worked as a newspaper correspondent and an attorney in Washington, DC before managing his older brother’s successful campaign for the senate seat from Massachusetts in 1952. RFK served briefly on staff of the Senate Subcommittee of Investigations, chaired by Senator Joseph McCarthy. RFK was uncomfortable with McCarthy’s tactics and left the position after six months. He also worked as Chief Counsel for the Senate Rackets Committee, where he won national recognition for his work against organized crime.
 
RFK also managed his brother John’s 1960 presidential campaign. John F. Kennedy appointed RFK Attorney General in January 1961, an office he held until 1964. During his tenure as Attorney General, RFK used the office to overturn Jim Crow laws and supported the civil rights movement. He also continued his work against organized crime and crafted foreign policies relating to Cuba and southeast Asia. 
 
He continued as Attorney General under Lyndon B. Johnson after the assassination of his brother on 22 November 1963, but resigned in September 1964 to seek a seat in the U.S. Senate. His bid was successful. RFK began a campaign for the presidency in 1968. On 5 June of that year, RFK had just won the important California primary when he was shot by Sirhan Sirhan. He died the following day.