Cecil W. Stoughton

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Cecil W. Stoughton
Born Cecil William Stoughton
(1920-01-18)January 18, 1920
Oskaloosa, Iowa U.S.
Died November 3, 2008(2008-11-03) (aged 88)
Merritt Island, Florida U.S.
Nationality American
Known for Photography
Patron(s) John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson

Cecil William Stoughton (January 18, 1920 – November 3, 2008) was an American photographer. Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Stoughton is best known for being President John F. Kennedy's photographer during his White House years.[1]

During World War II he was assigned to the First Motion Picture Unit.[2]

He was a captain in the United States Army Signal Corps when he was assigned to the White House Army Signal Agency. Stoughton's behind-the-scene pictures of John and Jacqueline and their children in their public and personal life were pivotal in shaping the public's view of the U.S. first family. He took over eight thousand pictures of the family spanning the 34-month period beginning with Kennedy's inauguration and ending with his assassination.[3]

Stoughton took the only photograph ever published showing John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe together.[4] Stoughton was present at the motorcade at which Kennedy was assassinated, and was subsequently the only photographer on board Air Force One when Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the next President. Stoughton's famous photograph of this event depicts Johnson raising his hand in oath as he stood between his wife Lady Bird Johnson and a still blood-spattered Jacqueline Kennedy.[5] Stoughton recounted this event and his service as White House photographer during Johnson's first two years in office in an oral history contributed to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.[6][7]

Iconic photograph by Cecil Stoughton of President Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in, following the assassination of President John Kennedy.
President John F. Kennedy with his son John F. Kennedy, Jr. in 1963

In 2008, Stoughton appeared on the television series Antiques Roadshow and recounted his story and presented prints of his photographs from his personal collection, including a print of his photograph of Johnson being sworn in that Johnson had signed, and a photograph of Johnson in the Oval Office as he signed the photo of his swearing in.[8] All the items together appraised for $75,000.

He died in Merritt Island, Florida, just nine months after his appearance on Antiques Roadshow describing his iconic photograph, which was done as part of the LBJ Centennial. Stoughton died a little over two months after the 100th anniversary of LBJ's birth, and three weeks shy of the 45th anniversary of JFK's death.[9][10]

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  1. ^ Trivedi 2004. See also May 16, 1961 letter from President Kennedy to United States Secretary of the Army Cyrus Vance, commending Captain Stoughton.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Patricia (2008-11-06). "Cecil Stoughton, 88; Kennedy White House Photographer". The Washington Post. Accessed 2012-05-29.
  3. ^ Trask 1988.
  4. ^ Trivedi 2004. "I got a shot of JFK, Bobby [Kennedy], and Marilyn all in the same frame when they were packed in the library with a whole bunch of other guests." See photograph here.
  5. ^ "Lyndon Johnson Signed Photo Depicting Him Taking the Oath of Office Aboard Air Force One - Inscribed to the Photographer of the Iconic Image, Cecil Stoughton". Shapell Manuscript Collection. SMF. 
  6. ^ Fox, Margalit (November 6, 2008). "Cecil Stoughton Dies at 88; Documented White House". The New York Times. p. A30. 
  7. ^ Transcript, Joe Frantz, Oral History Interview by Cecil Stoughton. Austin, Texas: Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library. 1971. 
  8. ^ See Roadshow archive, PBS Online by WGBH Educational Foundation. Stoughton appeared at the Orlando, Florida Roadshow on June 30, 2007; the segment was aired in the episodes Orlando, Hour 3 (#1206) (first aired February 11, 2008) and Politically Collect, Hour 3 (#1219) (first aired November 3, 2008). See also slideshow of photographs and letters from Stoughton's collection.
  9. ^ Pyle, Richard (November 5, 2008). "Photographer who took LBJ's swearing-in photo dies". Associated Press. 
  10. ^ Sullivan, Patricia (November 6, 2008). "Cecil Stoughton, 88; Kennedy White House Photographer". The Washington Post. p. B5. "In June 2007, Major Stoughton appeared on the public television series "Antiques Road Show" with his photographs. The taped segment was rerun Monday night, during a program on presidential antiques. Maj. Stoughton had died about an hour earlier." 

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