48 Murray Road, Charleston, South Carolina was the first placed JFK lived upon his transfer to the Sixth Naval District Headquarters in January, 1942.
The house was owned by George Abbott Middleton and his wife. Mrs. Middleton recalled the following to an earlier biographer:
We had a big fifty-year old home with columns in a very nice section of town. There were six bedrooms. My son George was in the Navy; my daughters were married to men in the service and gone. There were a lot of naval officers pouring into Charleston so my husband and I decided to rent out four of the bedrooms to these officers. My husband, my mother, and I lived in the two bedrooms on the third floor. One of the officers brought Jack Kennedy by and he took the room right away. It had a good view overlooking the Ashly River.
Kennedy was a nice-looking boy and just as polite as he could be. I remember there was something wrong with his back. We had to get a board to put under his mattress. He dated a pretty girl who lived on Tradd Street who was not from Charleston. He made a lot of long-distance calls. He paid for these, and he paid his rent on time. I remember that when the weather got better he rented a little house with some other officers on Sullivan’s Island near the beach. I never saw him again until I was in Washington in 1960 – eighteen years later. I was sitting in the lobby of the Mayflower Hotel and he came walking through it-it was during the presidential campaign-looked over, saw me and me recognized me! I was astounded