Dwight Eisenhower
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Dwight David Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)

Dwight David Eisenhower
Born in Denison, Texas, USAmap
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Husband of — married 1 Jul 1916 in Denver, Colorado, United Statesmap
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Died in Abilene, Kansas, USAmap
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Dwight Eisenhower was the President of the United States.
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Preceded by
33rd President
Harry S. Truman

Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th President
of the United States
Presidential Seal
1953 - 1961
Succeeded by
35th President
John F. Kennedy

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Biography

Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (14 October 1890 – 28 March 1969) was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He had previously been a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II, and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe; he had responsibility for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45, from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first supreme commander of NATO.

Eisenhower was of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry, and was reared in a large family in Kansas, by parents with a robust work ethic and religious background. As one of six sons, he was conditioned by a competitive atmosphere which instilled self-reliance. He attended and graduated from West Point, and later was married with two sons. After World War II Eisenhower served as Chief of Staff under President Harry S. Truman, then assumed the post of President at Columbia University.

Eisenhower had two children:

  1. Doud Dwight "Ikky" Eisenhower, (b. 24 September 1917 – d. 02 January 1921) died of scarlet fever.
  2. John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower, (b. 03 August 1922) – soldier, diplomat, author.

He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009

Honors

  • Dwight Eisenhower was made a Compagnon de la Libération by General Charles de Gaulle on 28 May 1945 and presented with the Croix de la Libération on 14 June, in Paris, in front of the Arc de Triomphe[1].
  • He received the Grand-Croix of the Legion of honour from the hands of General Giraud on 29 may 1943 in a public ceremony in the Palais d'Eté of Algiers[2].
  • He received the Médaille Militaire on 21 May 1952 in a ceremony at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris. The medal was presented by Antoine Pinay[3][4].

Presidential Firsts

  • First president to be born in Texas.
  • First president to have been a five-star general in the army.
  • First president to serve in both World Wars.
  • First president to get a pilot's license.[5]

Sources

  1. Dwight Eisenhower, Ordre de la Libération, official website, accessed 23 February 2019
  2. Contributeurs de Wikipédia, "Dwight D. Eisenhower," Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre, https://fr.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dwight_D._Eisenhower&oldid=156368066 (Page consultée le 23 février 2019)
  3. Le général Eisenhower reçoit la Médaille Militaire, Archive de l'Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (video), accessed 23 Feb 2019
  4. Contributeurs de Wikipédia, "Médaille militaire," Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre, https://fr.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=M%C3%A9daille_militaire&oldid=155690344 (Page consultée le 23 février 2019).
  5. Barrett Tillman (August 2009). "From Pilot to President" Air & Space. (airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/from-pilot-to-president-3548)


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On election night, 1952, I was living in the dormitory at Morehead State College in Kentucky. We had no TV. That evening I called the Operator to inquire about election results. She kept me on the line while she called an Operator in DC and then informed me that Eisenhower had been elected.

We chatted for some minutes. I liked her voice! After calling her nightly a few more times, I asked for a date. We were Wed on 19 July of '53. We both feel that "Ike" had a hand in our meeting and, consequently, our marriage of 65 Marvelous years.

posted 10 Apr 2019 by Raymond Dotson   [thank Raymond]
My Grandmother's Brother, Chester McKinley Shaffer was his chauffeur in Pearl Harbor, when President Eisenhower was a General. Ironically, their families grew up near each other in several different counties of PA in several different generations and then branches of our family even wound up in Kansas, near the Eisenhowers. All completely by chance. I'm sure that they or their families never knew each other before that.

- Proud to be PA German.

posted 26 Dec 2016 by Ken Wise   [thank Ken]
"I LIKE IKE" was the popular campaign slogan on buttons. Even though my family adored his opponent Stevenson, IKE was well respected because he ran the US forces during WWII. We are 18th cousins.
posted 11 May 2015 by Renee Malloy Esq   [thank Renee]
Dwight David Eisenhower 34th President and Richard Milhous Nixon 37th President are 18th cousins 1 time removed.
posted 4 Mar 2014 by Jacqueline Clark   [thank Jacqueline]
General Eisenwower was nominated for president at the Republican National Convention in 1952. I was in third grade at the time. The convention was televised. My Grandfather parked himself on our battered sofa that week to watch the convention. It was exciting. Band playing special songs for states, lots of flat signs waving and rectangular boxes on sticks with state names bouncing up and down. "Ike" won on the first ballot.

"Ike" was very popular in our neighborhood. We chanted on the school bus "Eisenhower is in White House waiting to be elected. . . Later I learned that his opponent, Stevenson, too, was a worth candidate and a great American.

posted 12 Nov 2012 by Becky (Nally) Syphers   [thank Becky]
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please consider adding "He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009."
posted by Gil Davis
Please remove the Libra category per the discussion here:

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/600497/can-we-dispense-with-the-zodiac-categories-

posted by Nathan Kennedy
My Grandmother's Brother, Chester McKinley Shaffer was his chauffeur in Pearl Harbor, when President Eisenhower was a General. Ironically, their families grew up near each other in several different counties of PA in several different generations and then branches of our family even wound up in Kansas, near the Eisenhowers. All completely by chance. I'm sure that they or their families never knew each other before that.

- Proud to be PA German.

posted by Ken Wise
Thanks to Dorothy Barry for this treasure trove of information about Dwight David Eisenhower's genealogy: < http://www.ancestralquestonline.com/desbk/reports/AhnentafelAQ.pdf >.
posted by George Stradtman Jr.
I know his great granddaughter Laura :)
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posted by Doug Lockwood
Major thanks to all who corrected my early entry errors and added so much. Now that struggles against seemingly unending winter storms are past, I should be more of a contributor and less of a genealogical thorn in others' sides!
posted by George Stradtman Jr.
Need to add categories US World War II Generals and US World War II Army Veterans to this profile!
posted by Robin Kabrich
Please open this profile to PUBLIC (green circle) as he is a President .

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Maggie,Project Leader http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:US_Presidents

posted by Maggie N.
President Dwight Eisenhower had two sons. There was aDavid Eisenhower, but he was a grandson. Why do you have him listed as a son and why is he unlisted?
posted by M. (Stewart) H.

Dwight is 19 degrees from Jaki Erdoes, 18 degrees from Wallis Windsor and 18 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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