Mamie Doud Eisenhower
By Thomas Stevens
This portrait of Mamie was completed when her husband was President of Columbia University. At that time, Ike and Mamie resided in New York City. It hung in the White House before making its way to their Gettysburg living room. The portrait depicts Mamie in what came to be her trademark bangs. Not everyone thought the bangs were flattering. Even the editors of Life magazine suggested a change. Mamie argued that, “I can’t get rid of them now, the whole nation is imitating them."
Canvas, oil paints. L 114.3, W 98.43 cm
Eisenhower National Historic Site, EISE 415