Eisenhower campaign button(from the Hudson (OH) Library & Historical Society)
The incumbent president, Harry S. Truman, declined to run for another term. The Democratic party then chose Adlai Stevenson, the intellectual, moderate governor of Illinois to lead its ticket and Sen. John Sparkman of Alabama, a conservative segregationist for its Vice Presidential candidate.
World War II hero, General Dwight David Eisenhower, after being courted by both parties, agreed to run on the Republican ticket, with Richard Nixon as his running mate. Nixon was almost dropped from the ticket, amid allegations of financial misconduct. He attempted to ingratiate himself to the fledgling television audience with his "Checkers" speech and remained on the ticket. Eisenhower, shown here on October 28, 1952 in Lynbrook during a campaign sweep of Nassau County, carried 39 of the 48 states in a landslide victory.
- World series: NY Yankees defeated Brooklyn Dodgers (4-3)
- NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers defeated New York Knickerbockers (4-3)
- The Today Show debuted on NBC with it's host, Dave Garroway
- Movies: Singin' in the Rain, High Noon, The Greatest Show on Earth, Moulin Rouge, The African Queen
- Books: Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man; Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea; Bernard Malamud: The Natural; Flannery O'Connor: Wise Blood
- Pulitzer prizes: Fiction: Herman Wouk: The Caine Mutiny; Music: Gail Kubik: Symphony Concertante; Drama: Joseph Kramm: The Shrike
- Academy award, Best Picture: An American in Paris
- Nobel Peace Prize: Albert Schweitzer
Federal debt: $259.1 billion
Average annual salary: $3515
Cost of a gallon of gas: $.20
Average cost of a house: $9,050
Average cost of a car: $1,700
Books of interest at the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library
From our Online Databases: (requires login)
- Mayer, George H. "Eisenhower, Dwight David." Encyclopedia Americana. 2008. Grolier Online. 11 Oct. 2008
- Kirkendall, Richard S. "Stevenson, Adlai Ewing ." Encyclopedia Americana. 2008. Grolier Online. 11 Oct. 2008 http://ea.grolier.com/cgi-bin/article?assetid=0370270-00
- "The Campaign" The New York Times, November 2, 1952, p. E1.
- Web Sites
Fifties Web: 1952
Wikipedia article on the election of 1952