PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/03/1952 - HFSID 295449
Sale Price $595.00
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Less than a year before becoming President he sends a letter marked Personal and Confidential talking about the Republican chances in Illinois for his upcoming election.
Typed Letter signed: "DE", 1 page, 7x10¼. Aboard Eisenhower Campaign Special, 1952 October 3. On letterhead of the Office of Dwight D. Eisenhower addressed to Mr. George O. Strecker, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois. In full: "Dear George: I was glad to get your letter of October second, with the cartoon from the Chicago Tribune, and your current appraisal of the recent improvement in Republican chances in Illinois. I appreciate your idea about the market basket. We have one or two "gadgets" now of this kind. I certainly hope that the increased regis-tration in the mid-western states has the significance which you attach to it. As ever," Marked Personal and Confidential at top and bottom. Accompanied by the transmittal envelope addressed to Mr. George Strecker, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois and postmarked Duluth, Minnesota, October 4, 1952. In 1952, Dwight D.Eisenhower (1890-1969, born in Denison, Texas) became the fifth General elected President because of his military leadership during wartime (the others were George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor and Ulysses S. Grant). He headed the Allied Invasion of French North Africa (November 1942-May 1943) and directed the Allied Expeditionary Forces that invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944, recaptured France and overcame Germany. Appointed by President Harry S Truman, he served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army from November 19, 1945 to February 7, 1949. Eisenhower's efforts in that capacity included the unification of the armed services under a centralized command and the demobilization of the wartime army. Eisenhower, who accepted the surrender of Germany on May 7, 1945, became a highly respected officer of the U.S. Army, and his popularity carried him into the presidency. Serving as the nation's 34th President from 1953 to 1961, Eisenhower, like Grant, was a graduate of West Point and had held no previous elective office before becoming President. Ironically, Eisenhower and Grant were the only two Republican Presidents to serve two complete four-year terms until Ronald Reagan took office. Extremely popular, "Ike" was the first U.S. President constitutionally ineligible to run for a third term in 1960. Like Washington and Jackson, Eisenhower became an active farmer after serving his two terms as President. 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. Soiled with adhesive on verso (heavily shown through). Lightly creased. Normal mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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