Introduction to the Brock-Eisenhower Letters

This is a section of the database that contains the replying letters from the former President of the United States of America from 1952 to 1960, Dwight David Eisenhower, to Margaret Brock, who was a Republican woman and donor of the Republican party. This essay will introduce not only the rigorous presidential campaign, for which the two worked closely together, but also the persisting friendship between the President and his wife with Mrs. Brock.   The first few letters were written in July 1952, when the U.S presidential election campaign was ongoing. At that time, Eisenhower was the presidential candidate representing the Republican party, while Brock was one of the leading figures in the GOP. Although the campaign was “critical” according to Eisenhower, he nonetheless wrote to Brock “to express to [her] sincere appreciation for [her] untiring efforts” (Eisenhower 1952 July 26). Despite the pressure from rigorous campaigning, Eisenhower demonstrates a high level of enthusiasm and leadership in the party, working alongside Brock and other Republican leaders cooperatively to achieve victory. For example, in the letter written on October 6th, 1952, Eisenhower asked Brock four detailed questions, including the transport condition and need of babysitters for Republican voters on the election day. The main reason for their victory, Eisenhower said, is “if every member of your team does his share, you are bound to attain your goal”(Eisenhower 1952 October 6).   Then, between 1952-1960, which was Eisenhower’s period of presidency, some letters written to Brock wereno longer from the president, since he was often busy with presidential duties. Instead, some of these letters, such as the one written on April 2nd, 1957, are from Eisenhower’s assistant. That being said, their relationship as companions perseveres, with Brock writing to Eisenhower to show her appreciation of Eisenhower’s policies, and Eisenhower replying back to Brock with gratitude.   Lastly, the highlight of this section of the letters is the continuation of their friendship after Eisenhower’s presidency, which shows that not only was Brock a loyal member of the Republican party, but also a good friend of the president. In the letter written on February 23rd, 1961, president Eisenhower’s wife--Mrs. Eisenhower--mentioned ‘the beautiful azalea plant’ that Brock sent as a gift to the Eisenhower family. In fact, the giving of flowers from Brock to Eisenhower’s family was mentioned several times during the letters, which showcases a close friendship between the two families. Another important detail to be noticed is the date between these exchanges: 1961-1967, during the time when Eisenhower was no longer the president. Also, Eisenhower was suffering from the effects of age, and had to stay in the  Medical Health Center “Palm Spring.” Still, Eisenhower invited Brock to the Palm Spring (where Brock visited after the invitation) during 1963 and planned to arrange a small banquet with her in Los Angeles during 1964. When Eisenhower was sick, his wife was still in contact with Brock. The last letter was written in 1967 by Mrs. Eisenhower, who thanked Brock’s “arrangement of roses” to celebrate the anniversary of the Eisenhower couple. While Eisenhower was no longer the president, the friendship between Margaret Brock and his family perseveres. Works Cited: Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), “1952 July 26- Dwight Eisenhower to Margaret Brock,” Margaret Martin Brock Exhibit, Fall 2018, accessed April 22, 2021, Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), “1952 October 6- Dwight Eisenhower to Margaret Brock,” Margaret Martin Brock Exhibit, Fall 2018, accessed April 22, 2021,