Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower

Born: 14 Nov 1896, Boone, IA
Died: 1 Nov 1979, Washington, DC

First Lady

Common Ancestor:
Eulalia Marche
8th Gr Grandmother
of Merle G Ladd
8th Gr Grandmother
of Mamie Geneva Doud
John Nash Elizabeth Burt
John Nash Samuel Wright
Abigail Nash Sarah Wright
Abigail Beers Esther Root
Ira Fancher Esther Strong
Lucilla Fancher Joseph Sheldon
Douglas C Ladd Ira Sheldon
Irving L Ladd Mary C Sheldon
Allen D Ladd John S Doud
Merle G Ladd Mamie Geneva Doud
Relationship to Merle G Ladd:
9th Cousin
Mamie Doud married Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower when she was all of nineteen. Over the ensuing thirty-eight years, the couple lived in twenty-seven homes on army bases throughout the world. It was said that what made Mamie happiest about moving into the White House was that it came with a four-year lease. During her husband's illustrious military career, Mamie was content to be "looking after Ike," the only role she ever wanted. But, Mamie was also a political asset for Ike, radiating warmth and friendliness whenever she appeared with him. Although she said little in public, she helped generate the tremendous grass-roots support enjoyed by her husband.

As First Lady, Mamie took an active interest in planning state dinners both in terms of the menus and the decor. Her love of flowers manifested itself in beautiful arrangements and centerpieces. These were later sent to local hospitals at the express wishes of the First Lady. She continued the cataloging of the White House china collection, an effort which had fallen into some obscurity even before the renovations of the Truman era. Known for her "white-glove" inspection tours of the White House, Mamie was nevertheless considered "very jolly" by the staff. She loved expensive gowns, television (especially the soap operas) and the color pink: paint, carpets, and linens. The color became her trademark. Although she adopted no particular cause, she was well-known for answering every letter that was sent to her, even acknowledging the thousands of get-well cards sent during Ike's illnesses.

One of the few sorrows in the Eisenhowers' life, however, was the death of their three-year-old son Doud Dwight, from scarlet fever in 1921. Their second son John, born a year and a half later, helped console the grieving couple.