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Dwight D. Eisenhower
Transcript of Dwight D. Eisenhower
By: Lane Wilke Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890 in Denison, Texas. He was the third of seven boys given birth by the parents of David and Ida Eisenhower. His parents had moved from Abilene, Kansas, to Denison, Texas just before Dwight was born. In Denison, the family lived in a tiny house near the railroad tracks because David cleaned train engines for a living. In the Eisenhower family the boys were called "Ike" and their dad was nicked named "Big Ike" for it was an abbreviation for their last name. Only Dwight kept the name till WWII. Dwight D. Eisenhower went to Abilene High School in Kansas, after wards he went to West point. His decision to go to West Point upsetted his mother very much. While at West Point he became a Secound Lieutenat and graduated in 1915. http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/all_about_ike/army_years.html His time in Panama from 1922-1924 helped introduced him to General Fox Conner. Conner trained Eisenhower personnaly and encouraged him to read history, military science, and philosophy. This was instrumental in Eisenhower's acceptance by the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Eisenhower graduated first in the 1926 class of 245 officers. After working in the War Department from 1929-1935, he accompanied Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines as an assistant military advisor. His primary duty was helping MacArthur and his staff to develop a viable Filipino Army. In 1941 Eisenhower was transferred to Fort Sam Houston and became the Chief of Staff for the Third Army; he was promoted to Brigadier General soon after the transfer.
One year later Eisenhower was promoted to Major General and months later he became the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces. Eisenhower won the 1952 election with 442 electoral votes and with a 55.2% popular
vote On Janury 5, 1957 Eisenhower had said in a "Special Message to the Congress on the Sitituation in the MIddle East" that a country can request American help for econmic reasons or request aid from U.S. military forces if it was being threatened by another state. Eisenhower had singled out the Soviet Union by authorizing the U.S. forces "to secure and protect the territorial integrity and political independence of such nations, requesting such aid against covert armed aggression from any nation controlled by international communism." This is known as the Eisenhower Doctrin. Esienhower passed the The Federal Aid Highway Act in 1956 which created the Interstate Highway system; this was the major legislation during his administration. Random Facts/Quotes * Eisenhower played football at West Point. As a football player, he broke his leg in a game and it never fully healed. The player he was tackling during the injury was future Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist Jim Thorpe. * Eisenhower loved golf. He played more than 100 rounds of golf each year, was a member of Augusta National, and had a putting green installed on the White House lawn. In 2009, Eisenhower was named the World Golf Hall of Fame in the Lifetime Achievement category for his contributions to the sport. * "We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective." In June 1952 he resigned his command at NATO to campaign full-time. Eisenhower defeated Taft for the Republican nomination in Texas. Eisenhower's campaign slogan was simple and effective, "I Like Ike". Eisenhower's V.P. was future President Richard Nixon. Eisenhower only had a Republican Congress for the first two years he was in office; in the Senate, the Republican majority had a one vote margin. Random Facts/Quotes Cont. Dwight D. Eisenhower, at the age of 25, married Mamie Doud, who was 19, on July 1, 1916, in Denver, Colorado at the home of Mamie's parents. They had Two children: Doud Dwight "Icky" was born September 24, 1917 and died of scarlet fever on January 2, 1921 and John Sheldon Doud born August 3, 1922 who is still alive and is also the longest living presidtial child. * Mrs. Eisenhower's recipe for "Mamie's million dollar fudge" was reproduced by housewives all over the country after it was printed in many publications. * Eisenhower was the first president of 50 states, achieving that distinction when Hawaii became a state in 1959. He was also the first president with a pilot's license. On March 28, 1969, Eisenhower died of congestive heart failure at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. * "If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom." Military Medals and Honers Army Distinguished Service Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters. WWI, WWII Victory medals and 62 other Medals In 1947 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands presented General Eisenhower with a golden inlaid Honorary Sabre