Tom Little
"Very Interested Spectator"
The Tennessean, December 11, 1960
Tom Little Collection
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
Kennedy's cabinet members were picked from universities, fifteen being Rhodes scholars. The President appointed his brother Robert Kennedy to the position of Attorney General, and this decision would prove a major asset to his administration. Another decision that would prove its worth was to keep J. Edgar Hoover on as the head of the FBI. Only one member, C. Douglas Dillon, was Republican, though he held an influential position as Secretary of the Treasury. President Kennedy made it a stated goal to have a cabinet with diverse points of view.