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Harris Wofford, civil rights activist who helped Kennedy win the White House, dies at 92

Harris Wofford, civil rights activist who helped Kennedy win the White House, dies at 92

Harris Wofford, civil rights activist who helped Kennedy win the White House, dies at 93 By Elaine Woo January 22 at 1:42 AM Harris Wofford, a Democratic senator from Pennsylvania, university president and lifelong crusader for civil rights who made a crucial contribution to John F. Kennedy’s slender victory in the 1960 presidential contest, died Jan. 21 at a hospital in Washington. He was 92. The cause was complications from a fall, said his son, Daniel Wofford. The scion of a wealthy business family, Mr. Wofford attracted national media attention as a teenager during World War II. He helped launch the Student Federalists group, an organization that sought to unite the world’s democracies in a battle against fascism and to keep the postwar peace. Mr. Wofford became one of the first white students to graduate from the historically black Howard University Law School in Washington. He was an early supporter of . . .

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