The Congress: Laid to Rest

As the President of the U.S. entered by a side door, the organ played My Country, 'Tis of Thee. The modernistic, brick and glass First Baptist Church of Bonham, Texas, was full. John Kennedy took his place in a second-row pew, beside former Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman, and next to Vice President Lyndon Johnson.

In the rows behind them were 128 members of the House and Senate, Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark of Texas, and hundreds of other dignitaries from all over the U.S. At the door of the church, William...

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