• President Eisenhower Grateful to Lebanon Foundation for Painting Honoring Revolutionary War Shrine

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    DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER (October 14, 1890-Marh 28, 1969) was an Army general who served as the 34th President of the United States (1953-1961).  He was a five-star general during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe.  He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch (1942-1943) and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944-1945.  Eisenhower won two landslide elections with the goals to contain the expansion of the Soviet Union and reduce federal deficits.  On the domestic front, Eisenhower was a moderate conservative who continued New Deal agencies and expanded Social Security. He was reluctant to support civil rights but signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent Army troops to enforce federal court orders that integrated schools in Little Rock, Arkansas.  His largest program was the Interstate Highway System.  Consensus has held Eisenhower as one of America’s greatest presidents.

    Offering a superb TLS, 7 x 10 ½, February 21, 1957, on The White House letterhead to Harry F. Morse of New London, Connecticut.  “Thank you so much for coming to the White House yesterday to present to me, on behalf of the Lebanon Foundation, a painting entitled ‘The First United States War Office, at Lebanon, Connecticut.’  I am delighted to have this fine interpretation by Dorothea S. Browne of one of our country’s Revolutionary War shrines, together with the framed history of the famous ‘War Office’ building.

    “It is to me a matter of great pride that landmarks of our country’s fight for independence are today being preserved by civic-minded people like the members of the Lebanon Foundation.  I know that visits by Americans to points of interest such as the ‘War Office’ do much to instill in our citizens, especially our younger citizens, a realization of the sacrifices of our forebears.

    “Of course the painting holds a particular interest to me because it serves also as a splendid memento of the Inaugural Parade of 1957.

    “To you, and to the members of the Lebanon Foundation, my warm and grateful appreciation.

    “Sincerely,

    “Dwight D. Eisenhower”

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