- NAME: Mamie Eisenhower
- OCCUPATION: U.S. First Lady
- BIRTH DATE: November 14, 1896
- DEATH DATE: November 01, 1979
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Boone, Iowa
- PLACE OF DEATH: Washington, D.C.
- Full Name: Marie Geneva Doud Eisenhower
- Maiden Name: Marie Geneva Doud
- AKA: Marie Doud
- AKA: Mamie Eisenhower
- AKA: Mamie Geneva Doud
- AKA: Mamie Doud
- AKA: Marie Eisenhower
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Mamie Eisenhower was first lady of the United States when her husband, Dwight Eisenhower, was president from 1953 to 1961.
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Mamie Eisenhower was very much a woman of the 1950s and publicly kept the line between her life and that of her husband very separate. However, privately, she shared much with Ike, who learned to trust her judgment and opinions and appreciate that he could confide in her like no one else. She made sure the president had ample time for relaxation and took total charge of his care when he had health issues while in office.
Publicly, she kept her opinions to herself, but privately,
she displayed strong convictions of her own. She disliked Senator Joseph McCarthy and made sure he was never invited to any White House social functions. In an era when more women were voting than ever before, but generally not actively involved in politics, she supported Ellen Harris, a Republican candidate running for a seat in Congress. She also accepted an honorary membership in the National Council of Negro Women, invited African-American children to participate in the annual Easter Egg Roll, and made sure the 4-H Club Camp for Negro Boys and Girls was included in special tours of the White House, all during the early stages of the Civil Rights Movement.
After leaving the White House in 1961, the couple returned to their home in Gettysburg and enjoyed retirement until Ike died in 1969. Mamie Eisenhower continued to live on the farm, devoting her time to family and friends before her death on November 1, 1979. She is buried beside her husband in a small chapel on the grounds of the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas.
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