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Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 – 1969)

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Life in Brief: Born in Texas and raised in Kansas, Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of America's greatest military commanders and the thirty-fourth President of the United States. Inspired by the example of a friend who was going to the U.S. Naval Academy, Eise… more life in brief »

Essays about Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Recordings

Facts about Dwight D. Eisenhower

Term
:
34th President of the United States (1953 – 1961)
Born
:
October 14, 1890, Denison, Texas
Political Party
:
Republican
Died
:
March 28, 1969
Nickname
:
“Ike”
Education
:
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York (graduated 1915)
Religion
:
Presbyterian
Marriage
:
July 1, 1916, to Mary “Mamie” Geneva Doud (1896–1979)
Children
:
Doud Dwight (1917–1921); John Sheldon Doud (1922–2013)
Career
:
Soldier
Buried
:
Abilene, Kansas
Writings

Crusade in Europe (1948); The White House Years (2 vols.), vol. 1: Mandate for Change (1963), vol. 2: Waging Peace (1965); At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends (1967)

Dwight D. Eisenhower Exhibits

‘Executive Privilege’

Presidents as far back as George Washington have claimed executive privilege on the grounds that a president must be able to receive candid advice from advisors and experts in order to govern appropriately. However, after President Nixon and Watergate, executive privilege has been viewed with increasing suspicion by both Congress and the public. This exhibit reflects on executive privilege as used by George Washington, Grover Cleveland, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

‘An Exceptional Alliance: Johnson, Eisenhower, and the Vietnam War’

President Johnson, like Kennedy before him, demonstrated impressive political savvy by including Eisenhower’s advice in determining policy. Johnson forged a strong bi-partisan relationship with his predecessor, appealing to Eisenhower both as a friend and a sage.

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Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Chester J. Pach, Jr.

Professor Pach is an associate professor of history at Ohio University and former director of the Contemporary History Institute. His writings include:

Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower (part of the American Presidency Series, co-authored with Elmo Richardson, University Press of Kansas, 1991)

Arming the Free World: The Origins of the United States Military Assistance Program, 1945–1950 (University of North Carolina Press, 1991)

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