U.S. Presidents / Dwight D. Eisenhower

Portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower

1890 - 1969

Dwight D. Eisenhower

We must be willing, individually and as a Nation, to accept whatever sacrifices may be required of us. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. Inaugural Address

Overview

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, Eisenhower won an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Although his mother had religious convictions that made her a pacifist, she did not try to stop Eisenhower from becoming a military officer.

Fast Facts

Dwight David Eisenhower
Denison, Texas
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York (graduated 1915)
Presbyterian
Soldier
Republican
“Ike”
July 1, 1916, to Mary “Mamie” Geneva Doud (1896–1979)
Doud Dwight (1917–1921); John Sheldon Doud (1922–2013)
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Abilene, Kansas
Chester J. Pach, Jr.

Chicago Style

Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. “Dwight D. Eisenhower.” Accessed October 18, 2018. https://millercenter.org/president/eisenhower.

Associate Professor of History

Chester J. Pach, Jr.

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

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