In honor of Mother’s Day, here’s an entertaining letter from JFK’s mother, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, to President Kennedy.
In 1962, Rose Kennedy wrote to Soviet Premier Khrushchev asking for an autographed photo. Learning that his mother had reached out to the Soviet Premier, JFK wrote her this letter asking her to please check with him before she took it upon herself to correspond with heads of state as requests like hers are “subject to interpretations.” The timing is interesting, considering JFK wrote back to Rose almost immediately after the Cuban Missile Crisis.
In response to this letter, Rose Kennedy wrote back, saying: “I understand very well your letter, although I had not thought of it before. …When I ask for Castro’s autograph, I will let you know in advance!”
From the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Papers/JFK Library
Lou Henry Hoover is a big history crush for us. Ever a maverick, Lou was a tomboy, a scientist, and the first woman to major in geology at Stanford. After she married Herbert Hoover, the two traveled to China, Burma, Japan, Egypt, Australia, and New Zealand. As a mother, Lou traveled the world with her young children.
After giving birth to their first son, Herbert Jr., in 1903, Lou was ready to travel within five weeks. The baby, a nurse, and the Hoovers left for Australia with baby Herbert in a traveling basket. By the time Herbert Jr. was one year old, he had been around the world twice.
Here is portrait Lou Hoover with Allan and Herbert Jr. in London, England, 1908.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. And thanks for the adventures!
-from the Hoover Library
Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower at Camp David with their family
From left to right: Susan Eisenhower, Dwight Eisenhower, Barbara Eisenhower (daughter-in-law of Eisenhower), Ann Eisenhower, Major John Eisenhower (son), David Eisenhower, and Mamie Eisenhower. Susan, Ann, and David are John and Barbara Eisenhower’s children. 8/1/54
-Happy Mother’s Day from the Eisenhower Library