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President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower
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34th President of the United States
Under the Constitution of 1787

January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961

DAVID DWIGHT EISENHOWER was born on October 14, 1890 in Denison, Texas. He was the third of the seven sons of David Jacob and Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower. Eisenhower’s parents met in a United Brethren school, Lane University, in Lecompton, Kansas. Neither of his parents was from Kansas, his mother’s family had moved there from Virginia and his father’s family had come to Kansas from Pennsylvania. His parents were married in 1885 and within three years, the young family moved to Denison, Texas, where Dwight was born. When Dwight was less than a year old, the family moved back to Abilene, Kansas, where his father had taken a job as a mechanic at the Belle Springs Creamery. The Eisenhowers raised all six of their sons in Abilene, a seventh son died in infancy.

Both Eisenhower’s parents were deeply religious, his father stern and his mother warm and loving. They raised much of their own food in a large garden, selling the surplus for cash. The boys worked to earn spending money and had regular chores to do around the house. The Eisenhowers encouraged their children to be self reliant and independent.

Young Eisenhower attended the local schools, where he was an average student, with the exception of history, his favorite subject. However, he did excel in sports, as an outfielder in baseball and as a tackle in football. Sports were his obsession. After graduating from Abilene High School in 1909, he went to work with his father in the creamery. Both Dwight and his older brother, Edgar, wanted to attend college, but the family could not afford the tuition. They agreed to work alternate years, with the brother who was working paying the fees of the one attending school. In 1909, Dwight was able to send Edgar more than $200. In 1910, Dwight sat for the examination for the U. S. Naval Academy in order to receive a free education and for the opportunity to continue playing sports. He studied hard for the entrance examination and passed, but found that he was too old for the Naval Academy. He did however accept an appointment to the Military Academy at West Point, even though he had no particular interest in being a soldier. He was an average student at West Point and caught the eye of sportswriters playing halfback on the Army team. A twisted knee during the season ruined his football career. He almost resigned, as the injury to his emotions was worse, but he finished his education, graduating in 1915, 61st in a class of 164.

In September 1915, Eisenhower was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and reported to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Within two weeks, he had met Mamie Geneva Dowd and embarked on a courtship. Miss Dowd came from a wealthy Denver family and tried to discourage young Eisenhower, but he persisted and the couple was married on July 1, 1916. They had two sons; Dowd Dwight (1917 – 1921) and John Sheldon Dowd (1922 – ).

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Eisenhower served with the Infantry until February 1918. He then served with the Tank Corps until January 1922. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on July 1, 1916, Captain on May 15, 1917, Major (temporary) on June 17, 1918 and to Lieutenant Colonel (temporary) on October 14, 1918. On June 30, 1920, he was reverted to permanent rank of Captain and on July 2, 1920 was promoted to Major.

In January 1922, Eisenhower was assigned as executive officer to Brigadier General Fox Conner in the Panama Canal Zone. Conner was an expert on military history and they spent hours talking about military and international problems. Eisenhower said, “Fox Conner was the ablest man I ever knew.” Connor arranged for Eisenhower to attend the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He graduated in 1926 as the top student in a class of almost 250. After a brief appointment under General John J. Pershing, Eisenhower attended the Army War College, where he once again graduated first in his class in 1928. Eisenhower continued to excel in staff assignments and served under Generals Douglas MacArthur and Walter Krueger.

After Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan on December 7, 1941, General George C. Marshall called him to Washington for an assignment as head of the War Plans Division. Eisenhower commanded the Allied Forces landing in North Africa in November 1941 and on D-Day, 1944 he was Supreme Commander of the troops invading France. From 1945 to 1948, he served as chief of staff of the army. In 1948, he retired as a five star general and wrote his memoirs, Crusade in Europe.

On June 7, 1948, Eisenhower was inaugurated President of Columbia University. He was very popular, both for his war record and for his personality, which was open and friendly, and both parties wanted to nominate him for the presidency in 1948. He turned them down and served his post at Columbia until 1950, when he took leave to assume supreme command over the new NATO forces being assembled.

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In April 1952, Eisenhower announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for President. He was nominated by a narrow margin on the first ballot and the Dwight D. Eisenhower/Richard M. Nixon ticket won a sweeping victory in a battle of personalities on November 4, 1952. The Republicans won 442 Electoral College votes to the Adlai E. Stevenson/Democratic 89 votes.

Eisenhower’s military background was both an asset and limitation to his presidency. He had a talent for administrative efficiency but was deficient in handling national problems. He was able to delegate a broad range of responsibility and freed himself to tackle the larger issues. He believed that many problems were better solved at the local level than through bold, controversial programs from Washington.

Eisenhower served two terms as President, from January 20, 1953 until January 20, 1961. He saw an end of the Korean War, and dealt with crises in Lebanon, Suez, Berlin and Hungary. He promoted Atoms for Peace, saw Alaska and Hawaii become states and was concerned with civil rights issues. Long before the Republican convention, Eisenhower groomed Nixon as his successor, but although he could win elections, Eisenhower could not convert personal loyalty into support for his parties’ candidate.

Eisenhower retired to his small farm outside Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He raised cattle and spent the winters in Palm Springs, California, where he played golf. He was healthy, active and the recipient of many honors. Both Presidents Kennedy and later Johnson treated him as an elder statesman, soliciting his advice on international problems. In August 1965, Eisenhower suffered a serious heart attack that ended his participation in public affairs. He was hospitalized frequently over the next three years. He endorsed his former Vice President, Richard M. Nixon in his 1968 bid for the Presidency and in that same year his grandson, David Eisenhower married Nixon’s daughter Julie. He suffered another heart attack in the summer of 1968 and he spent his last few months in Walter Reed Army Hospital, where he died on March 28, 1969.

America’s Four Republics: 

The More or Less United States

By: Stanley Yavneh Klos
  • First United American Republic: United Colonies of North America: 13 British Colonies United in Congress was founded by 12 colonies on September 5th, 1774 (Georgia joined in 1775)  and governed through a British Colonial Continental Congress.  Peyton Randolph and George Washington served, respectively, as the Republic's first President and Commander-in-Chief;
  • Second United American Republic: The United States of America: 13 Independent States United in Congress was founded by 12 states on July 2nd, 1776 (New York abstained until July 9th), and governed through the United States Continental CongressJohn Hancock and George Washington served, respectively, as the Republic's first President and Commander-in-Chief; 
  • Third United American Republic: The United States of America: A Perpetual Union was founded by 13 States on March 1st, 1781, with the enactment of the first U.S. Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, and governed through the United States in Congress Assembled.  Samuel Huntington and George Washington served, respectively, as the Republic's first President and Commander-in-Chief; 
  • Fourth United American Republic: The United States of America: We the People  was formed by 11 states on March 4th, 1789 (North Carolina and Rhode Island joined in November 1789 and May 1790, respectively), with the enactment of the U.S. Constitution of 1787. The fourth and current United States Republic governs through  the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in Congress Assembled, the U.S. President and Commander-in-Chief, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  George Washington served as the Republic's first President and Commander-in-Chief.

The First United American Republic
Continental Congress of the United Colonies Presidents 
Sept. 5, 1774 to July 1, 1776

September 5, 1774
October 22, 1774
October 22, 1774
October 26, 1774
May 20, 1775
May 24, 1775
May 25, 1775
July 1, 1776

The Second United American Republic
Continental Congress of the United States Presidents 
July 2, 1776 to February 28, 1781

July 2, 1776
October 29, 1777
November 1, 1777
December 9, 1778
December 10, 1778
September 28, 1779
September 29, 1779
February 28, 1781

Commander-in-Chief United Colonies & States of America

George Washington: June 15, 1775 - December 23, 1783

The Third United American Republic
Presidents of the United States in Congress Assembled
March 1, 1781 to March 3, 1789

March 1, 1781
July 6, 1781
July 10, 1781
Declined Office
July 10, 1781
November 4, 1781
November 5, 1781
November 3, 1782
November 4, 1782
November 2, 1783
November 3, 1783
June 3, 1784
November 30, 1784
November 22, 1785
November 23, 1785
June 5, 1786
June 6, 1786
February 1, 1787
February 2, 1787
January 21, 1788
January 22, 1788
January 21, 1789

The Fourth United American Republic
Presidents of the United States of America

Capitals of the United States and Colonies of America

Sept. 5, 1774 to Oct. 24, 1774
May 10, 1775 to Dec. 12, 1776
Dec. 20, 1776 to Feb. 27, 1777
March 4, 1777 to Sept. 18, 1777
September 27, 1777
Sept. 30, 1777 to June 27, 1778
July 2, 1778 to June 21, 1783
June 30, 1783 to Nov. 4, 1783
Nov. 26, 1783 to Aug. 19, 1784
Nov. 1, 1784 to Dec. 24, 1784
New York City
Jan. 11, 1785 to Nov. 13, 1788
New York City
Nov. 1788 to March 3,1789
New York City
March 3,1789 to August 12, 1790
December 6,1790 to May 14, 1800
Washington DC
November 17,1800 to Present

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