Richard Nixon in Wheeling
Dwight D. Eisenhower (September 24) and Harry S. Truman (October 23) came through Wheeling within a month of each in 1952, both on campaigning on whistle-stop train tours. Eisenhower would ask Richard M. Nixon, his vice-presidential running mate, to meet him "face-to-face" on this Wheeling stop following Nixon's televised "Checkers" speech. Eisenhower met Nixon late that night, in his airplane at the Ohio County Airport.
During a campaign stop in Wheeling four years later, September 28, 1956, Nixon was asked about that meeting by a Wheeling Intelligencer reporter. Nixon replied that no one was more surprised than he was when he learned Eisenhower was sitting in a parked car on the airfield ramp waiting for the plane to land. "I was just pulling on my coat when someone said Mr. Eisenhower was boarding the plane."
➤ Ike Declares Nixon Will Remain After Face-to-Face Meeting Here, Wheeling Intelligencer, Thursday, September 25th, 1952
➤ Nixon Tells Crowd at Wheeling Park's White Palace That Americans Should Not Settle for Less Than the Best, Wheeling Intelligencer, Saturday, April 9th, 1960
➤ Ike-Nixon Meet Shades Primary, Wheeling Intelligencer, Saturday, April 9th, 1960
Nixon and Eisenhower meet at the Ohio County-Wheeling Airport, September 25, 1952. (OCPL Archives, Donated by Erin Rothenbuehler)