The Kennedy Rocker, developed by P & P Chair Company of Asheboro, became Randolph County’s most iconic manufactured product. Discovered by a physician who was treating then-Senator John F. Kennedy for back pain, the oak rocking chair gained international renown when photographs of President Kennedy in the chair emerged from the White House. The presidential images brought both international recognition and dramatically-increased sales to P & P. The family-owned company continued to produce the chair into the late 2000s. Following the death of owner W.C. Page Jr. in 2008, the company and its signature product were sold to Troutman Chair, which continues outsourced production of the rocker. Today, Kennedy Rockers can be found in very many offices and private homes around Randolph County, and can be observed (and used!) in the Asheboro/Randolph County Public Library.