Friday, May 07, 2004

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower This is a biography of General and President Eisenhower.

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Dwight David Eisenhower ( October 14 , 1890 - March 28 , 1969 ) American soldier and politician, was the 34th President of the United States ( 1953 - 1961 ) and supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II .

Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas , the third of David Jacob and Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower's seven sons. The Eisenhower family was of German descent, but had lived in America since the 18th century. The family moved to Abilene, Kansas , in 1892 . Eisenhower graduated from Abilene High School in 1909 and he worked at Belle Springs Creamery from 1909 to 1911 .

Eisenhower married Mamie Geneva Doud (1896-1979), of Denver, Colorado on July 1 , 1916 . They had two children, Doud Dwight Eisenhower (1917-1921), and John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower (born 1922). John Eisenhower served in the United States Army , then became an author and served as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium . One of John Eisenhower's sons, David Eisenhower , married Richard Nixon 's daughter Julie in 1968 .

Military career

Eisenhower enrolled at the United States Military Academy , West Point, New York , in June, 1911 and graduated in 1915 . He served with the infantry until 1918 at various camps in Texas and Georgia . He then served with the Tank Corps from 1918 to 1922 at Camp Meade , Maryland and other places. He was promoted to Captain in 1917 and Major in 1920 . In 1922 he was assigned as executive officer to General Fox Conner in the Panama Canal Zone , where he served until 1924 . In 1925 and 1926 he attended the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth , Kansas , and then served as a battalion commander, at Fort Benning , Georgia , until 1927 .

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