John F. Kennedy gives a speech while standing on a kitchen chair in Logan County, West Virginia, 1960
Sen. Robert Kennedy shakes hands with admirers in New York in October 1966.
Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater' supporters in January 1964. Goldwater was trounced in the general election by Lyndon Johnson, who had assumed the presidency after JFK's assassination in November 1963
Hubert Humphrey shakes hands with a voter while campaigning prior to the West Virginia primary in April 1960
George McGovern campaigns, 1972.
LIFE photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt adjusts Richard Nixon's tie prior to photo shoot during the 1960 presidential campaign. Nixon lost to JFK in November of that year by one of the smallest margins in American history.
Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower accepts a pumpkin from an admirer during his whistle stop tour in September 1952
Republican presidential candidate Robert Taft, a U.S. Senator from Ohio, appears dismayed as he holds a rooster during his 1952 primary campaign.
Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower stands at a lectern delivering a speech during a "whistle stop tour" of the Midwest in September 1952. He would go on to defeat Democrat Adlai Stevenson in November of that year and serve two terms in the White House.
A car caravan takes GOP presidential candidate Thomas Dewey into the countryside in September 1948
Gubernatorial candidate Gomer Smith talks to small gathering from the bed of a feed truck, Wagoner, Oklahoma, in June 1942.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt talks to a young mother while sitting in his car during a trip to the western U.S. in 1936