In 1960, Mr. Robert Huck ran and operated the Blennerhassett Hotel. One of our most famous guests to have stayed at the hotel, at this time period was a young senator from Massachusetts, Senator John F. Kennedy. While running for the presidency in 1960, it was crucial to win West Virginia’s electoral vote. Kennedy toured through West Virginia in the spring of 1960, coming through Parkersburg on two different occasions in May of 1960.
Both times that he was in Parkersburg, Kennedy stayed at the Blennerhassett Hotel. On one of his trips to Parkersburg, his brothers Ted and Bobby stayed at The Blennerhassett, as well. A banquet luncheon was also held here at the Blennerhassett Hotel in his honor. Senator Kennedy stayed in suite 216 at the Blennerhassett Hotel, which at the time in 1960 was our largest guest suite, and was located on the second floor, on the fourth street side of the building.