Eisenhower, Mamie

Eisenhower, (Marie Geneva b. Doud) Mamie

(1896–1979) First Lady; born in Boone, Iowa. Daughter of a wealthy Denver meatpacker, she met Dwight Eisenhower when he was a young officer at Fort Sam Houston; they were married in 1916. Uninterested in politics, she became known as the national model for femininity. She used pink colors in redecorating the White House and sometimes conducted "white-glove" inspections.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.