During WWI, Thomas Edison resided in the Little White House while donating his services to the war effort by perfecting 41 weapons during his six-month stay in Key West. General Eisenhower held a series of meetings resulting in the creation of the Department of Defense and later returned to the Little White House to recuperate from a heart attack in 1956. British Prime Minister and John Kennedy held a one day summit at the Little White House in March of 1961; Kennedy later made a second visit in 1962 immediately following the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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Aside from the international issues Truman was handling, domestic issues proved just as challenging with issues of labor unrest, expansion of the GI bill for returning veterans, proposals for national health care, and the declaration of four civil rights executive orders. Issues like these made Truman not particularly popular during his terms in office. However, today, Truman is considered one of the best presidents in American history!