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Mamie Eisenhower

American first lady

Died when: 82 years 352 days (995 months)
Star Sign: Scorpio

 

Mamie Eisenhower

Mary Geneva "Mamie" Eisenhower (née Doud;November 14, 1896 – November 1, 1979) was the first lady of the United States from 1953 to 1961 as the wife of President Dwight D.

Eisenhower.Born in Boone, Iowa, she was raised in a wealthy household in Colorado.She married Dwight D.Eisenhower, then a lieutenant in the Army, in 1916.

She kept house and served as hostess for military officers as they moved between various postings in the United States, Panama, the Philippines, and France.

Their relationship was complicated by his regular absences on duty and by the death of their firstborn son at the age of three.

She became a prominent figure during World War II as the wife of General Eisenhower.As first lady, Eisenhower was given near total control over the expenses and scheduling of the White House.

She closely managed the staff, and her frugality was apparent in White House budgeting throughout her tenure.She entertained many foreign heads of state in her role as hostess.

She showed little interest in politics and was rarely involved in political discussion, though she did support soldiers' welfare and civil rights causes.

She suffered from poor balance due to Ménière's disease, giving rise to rumors of alcoholism.She was popular during her tenure as first lady, and she was recognized as a fashion icon, known for her iconic bangs and frequent use of the color pink.

Mamie and Dwight Eisenhower were married for 52 years until his death in March 1969.She spent her retirement and widowhood at the family farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

She suffered a stroke on September 25, 1979 and resided in the hospital until her death on November 1.


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