Memorabilia Monday: Ike’s “Look Ahead” Train

Secretary Hobby, 1955

Secretary Hobby, 1955

Oveta Culp Hobby not only helped President Eisenhower get elected as a key player in the “Democrats for Eisenhower” movement, she later became the first Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in his administration.

Letter from Eisenhower Campaign, October 12, 1952, Oveta Culp Hobby Papers, MS 459, Box 22, Folder 1

Letter from Eisenhower Campaign, October 12, 1952, Oveta Culp Hobby Papers, MS 459, Box 22, Folder 1

When Eisenhower visited Houston, Hobby rode in his procession. She later boarded the “Look Ahead” train as an official guest and rode from New Orleans to Dallas.

Look Ahead Train Pass, Oveta Culp Hobby Papers, MS 459, Box 22, Folder 1

Look Ahead Train Pass verso, Oveta Culp Hobby Papers, MS 459, Box 22, Folder 1

Look Ahead Train Pass recto, Oveta Culp Hobby Papers, MS 459, Box 22, Folder 1

Look Ahead Train Pass recto, Oveta Culp Hobby Papers, MS 459, Box 22, Folder 1

If you would like to learn more about Hobby and her role in politics, please consult the Oveta Culp Hobby Papers.

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