PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/24/1959 - HFSID 278964
DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER
Eisenhower signed this letter, on his monogrammed White House stationery, to C. C. Croke in 1959. He notes in this letter that Croke shares a birthday with "another of my friends", Winston Churchill, and pokes fun at the weather in Denver, where Croke lived.
Typed letter signed "D. E." 1 page, 7x10¼, on Eisenhower's monogrammed stationery from the White House. Nov. 24, 1959. Addressed to Mr. C. C. Croke, Denver, Colorado. In full: "Dear Cy: I am reminded that you share a birthday with another of my friends (Sir Winston Churchill) and that the date is rapidly approaching. I do hope that you are in good health and send you, as always, my best wishes and warm felicitations. Mamie and I have been watching with some amusement the antics of the weather in Denver, and feeling quite smug because in Augusta we escaped most of its va-garies. With personal regard, and Happy Birthday! Sincerely,". Churchill was born on Nov. 30, 1874. In 1952, 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. Lightly creased. Ink transference, which does not touch signature. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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