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Dwight D. Eisenhower
October 14

By Sarah Lane
Aug 28, 2004, 11:37 PST


Dwight D. Eisenhower - 1890-1969

“I Like Ike!”

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 Eisenhower’s 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

Eisenhower Home Virtual Tour
This is not to be missed! This is the home of Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie. Their house remains as it was in the 1960’s and is now a national historic site. Click on the arrow to meet your tour guide!
Source:       National Park Service

U.S. Presidents - United in Service
Thanks to the fifth-graders from Abingdon Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, you have access to this cool biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower, as well as all of the presidents. Find out what his favorite foods were, how tall he was, or what his favorite pastimes were.
Source:       White House Kids

White House Biography
Everything you would ever want to know about our 34th president is waiting for you at the White House online. Also check out the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

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