FIRST LADY MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/30/1954 - HFSID 84520
Sale Price $234.00
Mamie Eisenhower sends a typed letter of thanks for the flowers from Hawaii.
Typed Letter Signed: "Mamie Doud Eisenhower", as first lady, 1p, 6x9¼. The White House, Washington, D.C., 1954 March 30.To President Eisenhower's Secretary of Commerce Lewis Strauss and his wife, Alice.In full: "I cannot tell you how delighted I am with the beauteous anthuriums and orchids which you were so kind as to send from Hawaii! These blossoms are among the loveliest I have ever seen, and I have placed them in our living room, where the President and Mother and I are all enjoying them. The arrangement was very unusual, and the colors of the flowers blend perfectly with the white container. It was most thoughtful of you to send me such an attractive gift. My warmest thanks to you both, and very best wishes for a happy Easter! " LEWIS L. STRAUSS served as Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (1953-1958) and Eisenhower's Secretary of Commerce (1958-1959, not confirmed by the Senate). Alice and Lewis Strauss were married from 1923 until his death in 1974. Dwight and Mamie Eisenhowerlived in 33 homes during 53 years of married life. Their Gettysburg farm was the only home they ever owned together. It was not publicly known that Mrs. Eisenhower suffered from Mèniere's disease, an inner ear infection that affected her balance, causing rumors of alcoholism. After leaving the White House in 1961, she continued her custom of having a masseuse three times a week, going to Elizabeth Arden and having card parties. During her husband's final illness, Mamie moved into Walter Reed Army Hospital to be with him. File note at upper left corner. Fold crease not at signature. Fine condition.
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