Dwight Eisenhower

— 34th President of the United States —

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January 20, 1953 to January 20, 1961

BORN: October 14, 1890
Denison, Texas
March 28, 1969, Washington, D.C.
Buried in Abilene, Kansas
Mamie Geneva Doud, 1916
John Sheldon Doud

Dwight Eisenhower's family was poorer than most people in Abilene, Kansas. He and his brothers were often teased for wearing hand-me-downs that included his mother's shoes. As a result, they became good fighters who stuck up for each other.

At age 15, Eisenhower developed blood poisoning after scraping his knee. The doctor recommended amputation, but young Ike protested and he went on to be a football star. He later had to quit playing because of a different knee injury, but he went on to coach the junior varsity squad at West Point.

Eisenhower was a career soldier who graduated from West Point in 1915. He rose through the ranks, and soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, General Eisenhower came to Washington to become assistant chief of staff in charge of war plans.

In 1942, he became commander of the U.S. forces in Europe. In 1943, he was chosen as Supreme Allied Commander with orders to mount an invasion of Europe aimed at Germany.

Eisenhower resigned from the Army in 1948. He won the Republican nomination for president in 1952 and easily defeated Adlai Stevenson for the presidency.

Eisenhower revived the stalled peace talks in Korea, thereby ending the conflict there. He campaigned for reelection anddefeated Stevenson again.

After suffering one heart attack while in office, Eisenhower suffered several after leaving office. He died on March 28, 1969 at the age of 78.

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