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1952 Presidential Campaign


The fight for the Republican nomination was largely between General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio. The primaries had been split fairly evenly between the two men, and the nomination came down to the wire, but ultimately Eisenhower won the nomination based largely on the perception that he was a sure winner. Eisenhower chose as his running mate Senator Richard Nixon of California, best known for his pursuit of Alger Hiss. Other Republican candidates in this year were Governor Earl Warren of California and former Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen, who had both hoped to emerge as a compromise candidate in case of deadlock between Eisenhower and Taft. Eisenhower campaigned by attacking the failures of the outgoing Administration, and promising to go to Korea and resolve the war.


DDE at 1952 Republican National Convention
Dwight Eisenhower at Republican National Convention
photo 68-91-3 / Copyright - Republican National Committee


DDE with Robert Taft
Dwight Eisenhower and Robert Taft
photo 68-91-2 / Copyright - Republican National Committee


DDE with Richard Nixon and Arthur Summerfield
Dwight Eisenhower with Richard Nixon (left)
and Arthur Summerfield (right)

photo 68-91-6 / Copyright - Republican National Committee


DDE campaigning in Maryland
Dwight Eisenhower campaigning in Maryland
photo 68-42-2 / Maryland State Police - public domain


DDE and MDE on campaign train
Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower on campaign train
photo 71-328-1 / Copyright - Republican National Committee