Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the thirty-fourth President of the United States of America. He was in office from January 20, 1953 until January 20, 1961. The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution had passed making the current two term presidential limit.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was an officer and it seems he was destined to become a highly decorated General of the United States Army. Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in 1890 in Texas. In 1892 he moved with his family to Kansas. Dwight was the third of seven boys. His mother did not approve of war, but it was her book collection that inspired him to read all he could about military history. When he was older he made a deal with his brother to take turns working so the other brother could attend college. His brother, Edgar, took the first year and wanted to continue. Dwight agreed, but a friend later encouraged him to apply to the Naval Academy partly because it was tuition-free. This did not work out, however he did attend West Point. He graduated in 1915. He joined the military and then was married in 1916.
He married Mamie Doud. They had two sons. His first son died of scarlet fever when he was three. His second son, John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower, followed in his father’s footsteps. He graduated from West Point, served in the United States Army, and served the public becoming a U.S. Ambassador to Belgium.
Dwight D. Eisenhower served in the military during World War I and World War II. He later became Governor of the American Zone of Occupied Germany and Chief of Staff of the Army. He became President of Columbia University which gave him experience he would draw on later. For a couple of these years he was also the Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He became the Supreme Commander of NATO in 1951 as well.
Focus on Korea, communism, and corruption and the slogan “I Like Ike” lead to his presidential service to the United States. During his years in office Eisenhower ended the Korean War, facilitated the Civil Rights Movement, balanced the budget, had a key role in creating the Interstate Highway System, created NASA, founded People to People International, and a lot more.
Ike, as many people in his family were called, did a lot in his 78 years. He has been honored in many different ways. Be inspired! Have a bright day!