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Left: This grandfather clock was given as a gift in 1950 by the presiding Senate. It was used in the East Room and also in the East Hall.

Middle: Market Garden Clock - Eisenhower Era 1944. This clock was presented to General Eisenhower by the exiled Dutch government in honor of Operation Market Garden, an allied attempt to capture bridges across the rivers in Holland so that the allied army could advance rapidly northward and turn left into the lowlands of Germany, skirting around the German defense line. The operation proved to be “a bridge too far", perhaps the most famous quote from WWII. When the clock was hung in the White House during the Eisenhower Administration, President Eisenhower insisted it not be wound or used at all, because it reminded him of failure.

Right: Seth Thomas Wall Clock, Andrew Jackson - 1833. This is a Seth Thomas signed, standard estate clock. It was given to the White House in 1833 during Andrew Jackson’s second term as President. This clock is the oldest artifact in this museum’s collection.

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