Eisenhower Paroled by Doctors in Denver; Returns to Washington

In September 1955, President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while visiting Denver. He was rushed to Fitzsimmons Army Hospital, where he would spend seven weeks recovering. While convalescing, he continued to carry out his executive duties from his hospital suite (which is now open to tours).

Early the following year, in February, the President and the First Lady returned to Washington, greeted at Washington National Airport (read up on your National Airport trivia) by Vice President Nixon, former President Hoover, and a cheering crowd of supporters. Below is footage of his arrival at the airport.

Ike was fully recovered and by the end of the year was reelected to a second term, crushing the Democratic candidate, Adlai Stevenson (457 to 73 electoral votes).

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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