The heart attack of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and its political implications for his candidacy for re-election

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ronald A. Goodbread (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Richard Bardolph

Abstract: Seldom has the nation been so preoccupied with an individual's personal decision as it was in late 1955 and early 1956 with the personal dilemma of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In September, 1955, he had suffered a "moderate coronary thrombosis" which almost everyone took to signify his exclusion from the next year's race for the Presidency. Then with his rapid recovery, the President seemed to take on an intense interest in what was going on around him and his candidacy became more and more of a monopolizing possibility. President Eisenhower's decision to run in 1956 involved more than just his own well-being. He was dealing with the fate of his country, his party and in great measure the entire world. While recuperating in an imposed inertia at his Gettysburg farm in the last two months of 1955, he experienced a political renaissance. He had almost lost his life and now he had it back again. He had a second chance at the Presidency and he suddenly recognized that he could not let it pass. For politics was now synonymous with life itself.

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Language: English
Date: 1967
Eisenhower, Dwight D. $q (Dwight David), $d 1890-1969 $x Health
Presidents $z United States $x Election $y 1956

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