Mamie Doud Eisenhower - Typed Letter Signed 06/13/1956 For SaleMAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER
Typed letter and handwritten postscript describing Ike's recovery from his heart attack. She has signed with her full name, "Mamie Doud Eisenhower."
Typed Letter signed: "Mamie Doud Eisenhower", 1 page, 6x9½. Washington, D.C., 1956 June 13. On White House stationery to "Dear Frances" [Strecker], in full: "Thank you very much for your wonderful letter of love and prayers for the President's recovery. You can't know what comfort it gave me to know you are thinking and hoping with me. The President is quite comfortable today, and every day shows excellent progress - so I am quite encouraged that he will soon be in good health once more. This is of necessity a brief note, but I did want you to know how grateful I was for your note. With affectionate regard". Her handwritten postscript: "P.S. You can imagine how comforting it was to have John by my side." Accompanied by original matching envelope. On July 1, 1916, 25-year-old Second Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) and 19-year-old Mamie Geneva Doud (1896-1979) were married in Denver, Colorado. They had two sons: Dwight Doud Eisenhower (1917-1920) and John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower (born in 1923). As an Army wife for 37 years, Mamie grew accustomed to entertaining groups of influential people, a talent she drew upon during her eight years as the White House hostess (1953-1961). In their 53 years of married life, the Eisenhower's lived in 33 homes; their last in Gettysburg was the only home they owned together. During Ike's final illness, Mamie moved into Walter Reed Army Hospital to be with him during the final months of his life. President Eisenhower suffered a very serious heart attack on September 24, 1955. Fortunately, the President had recovered his strength by the time the major world shocks of 1956 - the Suez Canal crisis and the Hungarian Revolution - occurred in the fall. From the collection of George Strecker, an advertising executive at the Chicago Tribune who became close to the Eisenhower's through his wife, Frances, a long-time friend with Mamie Doud Eisenhower. Multiple mailing folds. Signature lightly beaded but legible. Otherwise, fine condition.
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