|Title||Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower|
|Collection||First Lady Dolls|
Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower (1896-1979)
Wife of Dwight D. Eisenhower - served as First Lady from 1953-1961.
Mamie Doud was five foot two inches tall and had auburn hair. Her early years were spent in a series of different towns and regions in the Midwest and Southwest. She played the piano, the electric organ and enjoyed dancing, bridge and canasta.
Mamie was 19 years old when she married Dwight David Eisenhower on July 1, 1916. He was a West Point graduate and second Lieutenant U.S. Army. The couple met during the winter when the Douds lived in San Antonio, Texas and Eisenhower was stationed at nearby Fort Sam Houston. Following their wedding, they lived in the officers' barracks there, the first of 33 homes that they lived in during the next 37 years of Eisenhower's military career assignments.
Being the spouse of a career military officer proved difficult for Mamie Eisenhower throughout the first 35 years of marriage. Nevertheless, she determined to establish a home for him in whatever place he had been assigned, including Panama, Paris and the Philippines.
1952 marked the first presidential campaign in which the spouses of a presidential ticket were consciously marketed to women voters.
Mamie Eisenhower was 56 years old when she became the First Lady. She was the first president's wife known to be kissed openly in public by her husband following his Inaugural ceremony.
Mamie viewed her roll as First Lady without complication as being simply the wife of the president and the hostess of the White House. Few First Ladies seemed to better reflect the general role, priorities and values of most middle-aged, middle class American women during her White House tenure than did Mamie Eisenhower in the 1950's: family, home, entertaining and personal appearance. She knew how to manage a large staff, demanding nothing short of excellence from them, yet expressing personal, familial warmth for them.
One way in which Mamie Eisenhower kept an unfettered line to the public was through her extensive correspondence. She believed that each person that took the time to write to her deserved a personal response and she signed tens of thousands of letters during her tenure.
In later years, President Eisenhower would concede that he often consulted Mamie's view on issues he was facing, calling her "my invaluable, my indispensable, but publicly inarticulate lifelong partner. She is a pretty darn good judge of things."
Early in the 1960's the Eisenhowers retired to their Gettysburg, Pennsylvania farm which they had purchased in 1950. Mamie was relieved to begin a retirement with her husband in healthy condition. It was however, short lived. Eisenhower's heart condition rapidly worsened six years after he left the White House and by 1968 he was permanently hospitalized. Dwight David Eisenhower died in April of 1969.
Mamie Eisenhower was 82 years old when she died on November 1, 1979. She was listed among the world's most admired woman in a newspaper poll.
|Event||Bicentennial First Lady Doll Exhibit - Community Project|
|Creator||Park, Phyllis Juhlin|
|Costume||Costume by Freda Sainsbury Davis|
|Given||Given by the Beaus Arts Club|
|Source||Uintah County Library|