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Helen Keller with John F. Kennedy, 1961

When Helen was seven years old, she was introduced to President Grover Cleveland. Cleveland was just one of many presidents that Helen met in her lifetime. This picture shows her meeting President John F. Kennedy in 1961. She received letters from eight U.S. presidents—from Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 to Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. Her fame resulted in many awards in her lifetime, including the French Legion of Honor and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Helen visiting disabled, deaf, and blind children in post-war Rome, Italy, 1946

Helen and Polly visiting Japan, 1948

Helen receiving a shield from Zulus, 1952

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