Dwight D. Eisenhower 1961 Typed Letter Signed – To Henry Ford II


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34th President.  Typed letter signed (TLS) “Dwight D. Eisenhower”, one page, December 9, 1961, 7×10.5, personal “DDE / Gettysburg Pennsylvania” stationery, to Henry Ford II in Dearborn, Michigan, in full:

Once again, this year of 1961, I find myself in a position of great indebtedness to you.  The ‘MUTT’ which was delivered to the farm last evening is such a wonderful machine that already a tug of war has developed between the people who operate the farm and those who work around the house as to who actually will claim ‘ownership’ and be permitted to drive and care for it.  For that matter, I am thinking of staking out a personal and solitary interest in it myself.

At any rate, I know it will be a great help to all of us, and I cannot tell you  how grateful I am — not for the machine, but for the many personal touches that I know make it a special job.  Thank you so much.

At the same time, I assure you of my gratitude all along the line — for the plane that you are sending to take me to Lansing on Wednesday and, among other things, for the car that you are putting at Mrs. Whitman’s disposal in Palm Desert.

I’d like to see you once a while.  If you come out to Southern California, won’t you please give me a ring?  We might even have a repeat of that Newport golf game of several years ago.

With much appreciation and warm personal regard.

Eisenhower spoke before the Michigan Constitutional Convention in Lansing on December 13 and also gave several speeches at Michigan State University.  He then traveled to his home in California to close out the year which earlier saw his time as President come to an end.

Ford designed many of the early Presidential limousines, including the one favored by Eisenhower as well as the 1961 Lincoln Continental that JFK would ride in on the day of his assassination.

Fantastic association letter.