Dwight D. Eisenhower - 1890-1969
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President Dwight D. Eisenhower was our thirty-fourth president from 1953-1961. He was born in Denison, Texas on October 14, 1890. The third of seven sons, Eisenhower was actually raised in Abilene, Kansas.
Eisenhower was a very productive part of the American military during his life. After high school, he received an appointment at West Point and was later stationed in Texas as a second lieutenant. There he met Mamie Geneva Doud, whom he married in 1916. He was a Five Star General in World War II and he commanded the Allied Forces landing in North Africa in November of 1942.
Perhaps the most important contribution he made to his country, besides his time served as President, was Eisenhowers position as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces who invaded France on D-Day, 1944. After the war ended he became the President of Columbia University, a position he left to assume supreme command over the new NATO forces congregating in 1951.
Without warning Eisenhower had a heart attack in September of 1955. Seven weeks later he left the hospital and by February of the following year, a complete recovery was announced by his doctors. This mattered not to his followers as later that same year he was elected to a second term.
An advocate of world peace, military strength in moderation, and prayer, Eisenhower left office in January 1961 for his farm in Gettysburg. He died of a long illness on March 28, 1969 but left in his wake wise words and the memory of a strength we have come to depend on from U.S. Presidents.
Source: White House
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