Mamie Eisenhower: First Lady and Humanitarian

When: 1896-1979

Mamie Eisenhower at the age of 17

Where: Born in Iowa; grew up in Colorado Springs and Denver

Why Important: Humanitarian and wife of President Dwight Eisenhower


President Dwight Eisenhower, Mamie Eisenhower and the president of Jakarta, Sukamo circa 1956
(credit: Wikicommons)

Mamie Geneva Doud was born with a heart condition, and her older sister had asthma. In an effort to improve the girls’ health, their father moved the family from Iowa and eventually settled in Denver in 1905. In 1915 she met Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, when her father took the family to winter in Texas. She married Dwight D. Eisenhower, and later in his life, he became the president of the United States. Before he was the president, though, he and Mamie moved a lot because he was in the military.1 They had two sons.

As first lady,2 she supported many important causes. On one of her later appearances, on July 8, 1963, she dedicated the Mamie Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado, and presented it with 337 volumes from her father’s personal library. She is buried next to her husband at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas.

Content Date: Jan. 1, 1896 to Jan. 1, 1979

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