34th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “D.E.” AS PRESIDENT, one page, November 26, 1956, 7×10.5, The White House Washington stationery, to his brother, Edgar Eisenhower, in full:
So far as I can foresee, the Inauguration this year will follow much the same pattern as in January 1953. I would doubt, however, that we could be quite as fortunate about the weather this time.
Invitations will soon be going out and you, of course, will receive one of the first.
If you decide to come, I think that the arrangements for visitors will be somewhat similar to those that prevailed in 1953. Tom Stephens will be my personal representative to answer any inquiries any of my family or close friends might have, and to be of whatever assistance he possibly can. Of course you could write to Colonel Schulz if you would prefer to do so.
Give my love to Lucy.
P.S. Will you please talk the matter over with Janis and her husband to get their reaction, too? As you realize, I shall in any event send all of you invitations as souvenirs, even if you don’t choose to attend.
In fine condition. Two file holes at top.
Superb personal letter as President. Edgar would decline the invitation.
The two brothers (there were five Eisenhower brothers in all) were very different. Edgar, who held very strong politically-conservative views, felt that the federal government was usurping power from the states. Because of his strong feelings against centralization, Edgar appears to have avoided Washington throughout his brother’s administration, even refusing to attend his second inauguration. Yet according to letters between them, the brothers’ relationship was usually amicable, often lighthearted.