The Eisenhowers

On September 15, 1952, General Dwight D. Eisenhower visited the South Bend community during his presidential campaign travels. Before giving a speech in downtown South Bend, he visited the University of Notre Dame, talking to a crowd of 2,000 students and faculty members. According to an article in the September 26, 1952, Scholastic, a publication of the University of Notre Dame, General Eisenhower recalled “how he played against Notre Dame’s 1913 team. ‘Actually, I sat on the bench,’ Eisenhower said with a grin, ‘but I remember quite well what happened.’ ” What happened is that Notre Dame beat Army 35-13, utilizing the forward pass perfected by Irish team members Knute Rockne and Gus Dorais. Shown to the left of Eisenhower is Rev. John Murphy, C.S.C., who was vice president of Notre Dame at the time. Mamie Eisenhower is pictured to the right of her husband. Donated by Pat Lindholm.

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