The 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. On November 29th, President Lyndon B. Johnson established an official commission to investigate the assassination and the subsequent killing of the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Presidential transcripts later revealed major opposition, even from some members of the commission itself, to the formation of the commission because of fears it would generate “more controversy than consensus.” Those fears proved true.
The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, or the Warren Commission, as it became known (after its chairman, Chief Justice Earl Warren) released its 889-page final report on September 24, 1964. The commission found that Oswald had acted alone, as did Jack Ruby when he shot and killed Oswald on November 24th. The findings, as some had predicted, set off a storm of controversy that has not ended to this day. The “Warren Report” remains one of our nation’s most controversial documents. In observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, the full report – all 26 volumes of it – is on display in the Law Library Reference area, along with Kennedy photographs and two related films in our collection.
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