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Local Writer, Son of President Eisenhower, Passes Away at 91

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TRAPPE, Md.- As you stroll through the Unicorn Bookshop in Trappe, you come across several books written by Eisenhower, but they aren't written by Ike but his son John Eisenhower. John was a prolific writer who called Trappe home. That is also where he wrote his books until his death on Saturday at the age of 91. 

James Dawson, the owner of the bookstore, said John was an excellent writer.

"The research alone would be daunting.  But he had that ability.  You have to do nuisance things like checking facts and names and dates and your memory of things so I was impressed." said Dawson

Also impressive was his resemblance to his father.

"A friend of mine and a friend of his was out to lunch in the county somewhere and this other friend looked across the room and said, 'My God, that guy could win a Dwight D Eisenhower lookalike contest.' And my friend turned to him and said, 'He should, that's his son,'" said Dawson.

So why was a member of the first family settled in the little town of Trappe?  To enjoy the beauty of the Eastern Shore.  Every morning John and his wife would walk along the Choptank River and talk about world affairs for two hours while watching the sunrise.  He called it their morning seminar.

John was friends with Lois Baker, a former postmaster in Trappe, who said John was a humble man, who never flaunted his father's name.

"He never seemed to come into the conversation. He didn't really talk about his father," said Baker.

She also said John was a great man, and always a pleasure to talk to. Dawson said that while many people live in the shadow of their famous parents, John was able to become his own man, and a fixture in the Trappe community who will be sorely missed.

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