FLOTUS Birthday — Mamie Eisenhower
On November 14, 1896, Mamie Geneva Doud was born in Boone, Iowa. At 19 years old, Mamie met Second Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower while visiting friends at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Ike and Mamie were engaged four months later. The engagement ring was a miniature copy of Ike’s West Point ring, amethyst set in gold.
-from the Eisenhower Library
Happy (belated) Birthday, Eleanor Roosevelt!
We’re still playing catch-up on all the posts we missed earlier this month, including the birthday of Anna “Eleanor” Roosevelt, who was born on October 11, 1884 in New York City to Elliott and Anna Hall Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt’s list of accomplishments include serving as First Lady of the United States, U.S. delegate to the United Nations under President Truman and later as the U.N.’s first chairperson of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women under President Kennedy.
-from the FDR Library
Diana Vreeland was born on this day, July 29, 1906.
Vreeland, was a prominent fashion journalist and the developer of the show. The show featured the clothing and accessories of ten women noted for their individuality and the impact they had on American style. Those profiled included dancer Isadora Duncan, artist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and entertainer Josephine Baker. Sculptures, paintings, and photographs supplemented the garments on display.
After the tour Mrs. Ford greeted the Museum and Costume Institute staff who created the exhibit and built the displays.
Happy 100th Birthday President Ford!
This Sunday is the 100th anniversary of Gerald R. Ford’s birth on July 14, 2013. Throughout 2013, we are celebrating President Ford’s Centennial at the Ford Presidential Library and Museum and the National Archives. Check out some of the highlights:
- Ford’s life in pictures each Friday
- President Ford and the Space Program — Apollo/Soyuz
- State Dinners with President and Mrs. Ford
- The Gerald R. Ford Centennial
To get the party started, here’s some birthday photos from earlier festivities for Jerry:
Congressman Ford cuts the cake at the party for his 59th birthday on July 14, 1972. He was in a wheelchair following an operation for his “football” knee; President Ford opens presents at his surprise birthday party on July 14, 1975;
President and Mrs. Ford toast on the occasion of his 63rd birthday during a surprise lunch at the San Souci restaurant on July 14, 1976.
Double Happy Birthdays to George and Barbara Bush!
George Bush celebrates his 89th birthday today, June 12; Barbara Bush’s 88th birthday was on Saturday, June 8. This First Couple has been married for 68 years. President and Mrs. Bush will celebrate their birthdays with family and friends in Kennebunkport, Maine.
If you are around College Station, Texas today, you can celebrate at the Bush Presidential Library with free Blue Bell ice cream, birthday cake, and refreshments in the Rotunda from 11am to 3pm CT.
-from the Bush Library
President John F. Kennedy was born on this day in 1917—
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, made the following entry on a notecard, when her second child was born:
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Born Brookline, Mass. (83 Beals Street) May 29, 1917
In all, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy would have nine children, four boys and five girls. She kept notecards for each of them in a small wooden file box and made a point of writing down everything from a doctor’s visit to the shoe size they had at a particular age.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was named in honor of Rose’s father, John Francis Fitzgerald, the Boston Mayor popularly known as Honey Fitz. Before long, family and friends called this small blue-eyed baby Jack. Read More
Photos: Senator John F. Kennedy in his Senate Office. August, 1959; Rose Kennedy and her children, circa 1923. L-R: Rose Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy, Kathleen Kennedy, Rosemary Kennedy (seated in foreground), John F. Kennedy, and Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
-from the JFK Library
Franklin D. Roosevelt was a great admirer of Abraham Lincoln. He often cited the sixteenth President in speeches, evoked his image in campaign material, and collected or received over 100 pieces of Lincoln related ephemera.
Shown here is a photograph of Lincoln pieces given to FDR in 1942 by historian John E. Washington.
Fixed to the photo is a small “Lock of hair removed from Pres. Lincoln’s head by Wm. Slade his messenger while preparing the body for burial,” and a small “Piece of dress worn by Mrs. Lincoln the night of the assassination showing blood of Pres. Lincoln. Given by Mrs. Slade to her cousin Mrs. Brooks.”
The FDR Library’s Museum has several pieces related to Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt. On the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, you can see many of them here.
-from the FDR Library