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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1953!

Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower:

Born:
  • Denison, Texas
  • October 14, 1890

Died:

  • March 28, 1969
  • Washington DC
Dwight David Eisenhower, general, statesman, 34th President of the United States
Family:
  • Married Mamie Geneva Doud on July 1, 1916 in Denver, Colorado
  • Son Doud Dwight died in infancy
  • Son John Sheldon Doud

Major Events:

  • Graduated from Abilene High School in 1909
  • Received appointment to West Point in 1910
  • Graduated from West Point as a second lieutenant in 1915
  • Served in the Phillipines with Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1935-1939)
  • Appointed to the War Department's General Staff by General George C. Marshall, the Army Chief of Staff (1940)
  • Placed in command of North African invasion force (1942)
  • Appointed Supreme Allied Commander in Europe in charge of Operation Overlord (1944)
  • Served as Army Chief of Staff (1945-1948)
  • Appointed President of Columbia University (1949-1950)
  • Recalled to active duty as the leader of NATO forces in Europe (1950-1952)
  • Beat Senator Taft for the presidential nomination in 1952
  • Defeated Adlai Stevenson at the polls to win the presidency in 1952
  • Sworn in as the 34th President in 1953
  • Defeated Adlai Stevenson a second time to remain in office for a second term in 1956
  • In his farewell address as President, Eisenhower warned against the influence of the growing ?military-industrial complex.?
  • In 1962 the Eisenhower presidential library was dedicated at Abilene, Kans.

Writings:

  • Mandate for Change (his memoirs)(1963)
  • Waging Peace (1965);
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