Deon Pettigrew- “Cecil Stoughton, White House Documenter”

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My group is doing research on the photograph of LBJ being sworn into office. My contribution to the group is to research how the photo came to be taken its reception from the American life. I am also supposed to look up information on the photographer and how this photo came to be captured. With that being said I found out that the photographer was Cecil Stoughton and decided to look up things about his life.

Cecil W. Stoughton was the official full time photographer of the White House and has a very profound respect for John F. Kennedy. He began photographing when he came into office and was given the job oh taking photos at JFK’s inauguration. Stoughton respected JFK and was ready to service him whenever he was needed.

Stoughton was born on January 18th, 1920 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He attended the college of William Penn College there where he studied voice. He began his photographing career when he joined the photographer-training program in the Army where he enlisted. Not long after World War II Stoughton became a photographer in the Army’s Public Information Office.

When Mr. Stoughton was assigned to JFK’s inauguration Kennedy was very impressed with his work and decided to make him the White House’s full-time photographer. Their relationship would be short-lived when on November 22nd, 1963 in Dallas Kennedy would be shot to death while riding on a motorcade in a parade. This is where the photo appeared because while the president was being flown to the hospital in Washington Lyndon B. Johnson was taking an oath to become the new president of the United States. Stoughton felt like this was important image to be captured and he did capture this very emotional and life changing moment.

Sadly, Cecil Stoughton passed away on Novemeber 3rd, 2008 in his home on Merritt, Island Fla. Stoughton died at the age of 88 and was no longer in the politcal field. Even though he was old towards the end of his life he was stilled interested in politics and even made an effort to vote for current president Barack Obama before his death.

I plan to find even more information of Cecil Stoughton and the background of this photograph. I want to figure out how the people who saw this picture in newspapers and magazinge reacted to this emotional photograph. Also I want to see the reactions that it still gets today when Americans see it.

Source:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/arts/design/06stoughton.html?_r=1&

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