Sunday, April 14, 1957
An editorial on identifying the five greatest senators in US history was published under Kennedy’s byline in the New York Times. The article was an outgrowth of his position on the senate panel that was charged with identifying men who were considered the most august int he history of the upper chamber.
JFK, who was never one to puff his own accomplishments in the Senate, noted that some landmark legislation came to be associated with senators who actually had very little to do with conceiving or crafting the legislation. He also mused that a senator’s popularity among his colleagues has little bearing on what the legislator’s place in history will be.
[214, p. 193]