Justin N. Feldman, 1919-2011

 

by Stephen Plotkin, Reference Archivist

Feldman had a long and notable career as a lawyer and reform-minded Democratic politician in New York.  His association with John F. Kennedy began in 1959, and he worked on the 1960 campaign in New York and at the Democratic National Convention.  But though he met the older brother before the younger, it was with Robert Kennedy that Feldman had his strongest connection.  Feldman helped to organize Robert F. Kennedy’s 1964 Senate campaign and he was instrumental in convincing Kennedy to run for President in 1968.  The relationship was occasionally tumultuous, especially during the 1964 campaign:

 

As a matter of fact, we almost considered it an honor to have him [RFK] explode at you.  I mean, this was a sign of real friendship and of a relationship when he exploded as he did with Nolan or with me or with Steve.

 

Feldman continued his work in the law and New York City politics almost until the end of his life.  The quotation above is taken from Feldman’s oral history interview, which has just recently been opened here at the Kennedy Library.

 

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