34th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Ike”, one page, December 29, 1964, 7×10.5, personal “DDE / Gettysburg Pennsylvania” stationery but sent from Palm Springs, CA, to his brother, Edgar Eisenhower, in full:
I suspect that all of us are already contributing to the support of a number of educational institutions. While I think that al the brothers would feel complimented that someone would give an anonymous gift to a school in honor of our Mother, I do not see that we have any obligation to participate actively in such an effort. If you feel otherwise I would like to hear further from you.
With best wishes for a Happy New Year.
Two file holes at top, else fine.
Accompanied by carbon copy of Edgar’s letter to Ike, dated December 21, 1964.
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.