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PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/15/1960 - HFSID 295445

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER The President writes a letter talking about the lasts few months of his second term in office. Typed Letter signed: "D.E." as President, 1 page, 7x10½. The White House, Washington, D.C., 1960 December 15. On White House letterhead addressed to Mr.

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DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
The President writes a letter talking about the lasts few months of his second term in office.
Typed Letter signed: "D.E." as President, 1 page, 7x10½. The White House, Washington, D.C., 1960 December 15. On White House letterhead addressed to Mr. George Strecker, Lake Forest, Illinois. In full: "Many thanks for your letter. A long time ago I was told by one of the permanent staff members here at the White House that the last few months of any Administration would be relatively calm. Such has certainly not been my own situation...I do plan some sort of a 'report' on my stewardship, but whether it will take the form of a television address before January twentieth or a published document after that time I cannot yet say. I know that 'retirement' presents problems for many. Because of your great interest in the political scene, is there not some way you can utilize your time and talents to the benefit of the Republican Party in Illinois? I should think you might find such an effort stimulating and satisfying. At any rate, Mamie joins me in best wishes to you and Frances for a fine holiday season, and in warm personal regard. Sincerely," Accompanied by the transmittal envelope addressed to Mr. George Strecker, Lake Forest, Illinois and postmarked Washington, D.C., December 15, 1960. 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. Normal mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.

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