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October 4, 1952 - Dwight Eisenhower

Dwight Eisenhower

On the campaign trail during the 1952 US presidential election against Democrat Adlai Stevenson, Dwight D. Eisenhower crowned Joyce Pearson as St. Cloud State's homecoming on the steps of the Stearns County courthouse in downtown St. Cloud before 6000 spectators. His only words upon crowning Ms. Pearson homecoming queen were "Queen Joyce." Afterwards, Eisenhower gave a short speech about the fight against communism.


Thanks to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas, here is the press release of the speech he gave in St. Cloud that day. (Dwight D. Eisenhower: Papers as President, Speech Series, Box 2, Sept. 26, 1952 to Oct. 13, 1952)

Silent footage of the crowning and the speech can be found on the Minnesota Digital Library's web portal Minnesota Reflections at: The Eisenhower footage begins at 12 minutes and 12 seconds.

Special thanks to the Minnesota Digital Library for digitization of the 16mm black and white film.



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