Facts About Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Facts About Dwight D. Eisenhower

With President's Day rapidly approaching I though it would be a nice idea to take a look at some of past presidents in honor of the day. Everyone hears about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and even J.F.K. during presidents day but everyone seems to gloss over the rest. I would like to focus a bit on Dwight D. Eisenhower and share some facts about his life and his presidency.

With President's Day rapidly approaching I though it would be a nice idea to take a look at some of past presidents in honor of the day. Everyone hears about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and even J.F.K. during presidents day but everyone seems to gloss over the rest.  I would like to focus a bit on Dwight D. Eisenhower and share some facts about his life and his presidency. 

Dwight D. Eisenhower's nickname was Ike.  Eisenhower had an older brother named Edgar who they called Big Ike and they started to call Dwight Little Ike. As he grew older the Ike part stuck with him. 

He was born on October 14th 1890 in Dennison, Texas

He was married to Mamie Genea Doud Eisenhower on July 1st 1916.  They had two sons together.  One of those sons died at age 3 from scarlet fever. 

Eisenhower's Grandson David was married to Richard Nixon's daughter Nancy. 

He passed away on March 28th 1969, in Washington, D.C.  He had had more than a few heart attacks before his death.  He was given a full military funeral and was laid to rest at his family home in Abiline, Kansas. 

Before Dwight D. Eisenhower became President hw as a soldier. He became General of the U.S. Forces in Europe from 1942 to 1943.  He became supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe from 1943 to 1945. 

He was the Army chief of staff from 1945 until 1948 and then he became the Supreme Commander of NATO forces. 

He took office in January of 1953 and served until January of 1961.  He was a popular president and was re-elected.

His Vice President was Richard M. Nixon for both terms. 

He won the presidency against the Democrate Governor Adlai E. Stevenson both times.

After Eisenhower was no longer president he became a Statesman and an author. He had also authored a book during his military years called Crusade in Europe which he wrote in 1948.

After his presidency he wrote a handful of books: Mandate for a Change, The White House Years (which had 2 volumes), Wagining Peace, and At Ease:  Stories I Tell My Friends. 

If you would like to read more about our past Presidents you may also want to read the folllowing article about John Adams:

John Adams Before He Became Our First Vice President and Second President

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