Summary: The President made his fifth trip to Key West from November 7-21, 1948, in order to relax after several strenuous weeks of campaigning which culminated in his successful reelection to the Presidency. A few days after his arrival in Key West, Mrs. Truman and Margaret arrived, making their first visit to Key West. The President received numerous visitors while on this trip, including the Senator and Congressman representing Key West, the Governor-elect of Florida, a group from the American Legion, and the American Ambassador to Cuba, among others. Truman and his party also visited the Fort Jefferson National Park on Dry Tortugas Island. Dr. Samuel Mudd, the doctor who set the broken leg of Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, had been held prisoner at the fort.
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