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Fort Zarah clubs throw housewarming in 1948

Dwight D. Eisenhower this week turned down the Republican nomination, refusing to run in the 1948 presidential election. He went on to accept the nomination in 1952 and became president that year.

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This week in 1948, reports that Dwight D. Eisenhower was turning down the Republican nomination for president deflated many. He was considered the most popular general of World War II, and favorite in the polls, but it wasn’t the right time. His departure opened the path for ...


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