34th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Ike E”, one page, 7×10, The White House Washington stationery, March 19, 1956, to Mrs. William F. Tompkins in Richmond, Virginia, in full:
You and Bill were both very kind to write me concerning the political announcement of February twenty-ninth. But somehow or other the White House mail room discriminates against women, and your nice note did not reach my desk until just before I left for Gettysburg.
Belated as they are, my warm thanks for your thought of me!
With all the best wishes to you and Bill, in which Mamie joins.
On February 29, 1956, President Eisenhower announced to the nation his intention to run for a second term. His decision was reached after consultation with his personal physician. The president had been suffering from a
possible heart condition.
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William F. Tompkins served as the United States Attorney from New Jersey after Eisenhower nominated him for the post in 1953. He resigned in 1954 when Eisenhower appointed him to serve as Assistant U.S. Attorney General, in charge of the Internal Security Division, established to counter subversive activities. Tompkins supervised the conviction of over 100 Communist Party leaders for illegal and subversive activities. He served in the Eisenhower Administration until 1958.