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President Dwight D. Eisenhower
250 Eisenhower Farm Lane
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Voice: 717-338-9114

Our thirty-fourth president was born on October 14, 1890 in Texas. He was raised in Abilene, Kansas. Excelling in sports during high school, Eisenhower received an appointment to West Point. After being stationed in Texas as a second lieutenant, he met his future wife, Mamie Geneva Doud.

Eisenhower excelled in staff assignments while he was in the military. After Pearl Harbor, he was called to Washington for a war plans assignment. Eisenhower commanded the Allied Forces landing in North Africa. On D-Day, he was Supreme Commander of the troops invading France.

After World War II, Eisenhower was the President of Columbia University. He left to assume command over the NATO forces being assembled in 1951. It was then that the Republican Party convinced him to run for President of the United States. He won by a vast majority.

As president, Eisenhower worked to relieve the strains of the Cold War. In 1953, a truce was signed to bring peace to the South Korean border. In the same year, the death of Stalin brought change to Russia. The new Russian leaders created a peace treaty, and both Russia and the United States developed hydrogen bombs. At Geneva in 1955, Eisenhower met with the leaders of Great Britain, France, and Russia. The United States and Russia exchanged blueprints of military facilities in order to set up aerial photography.

In September of the same year, Eisenhower suffered a heart attack. After recovering, he managed to win a second term in office. He continued most of the New Deal and Fair Deal programs, and put emphasis on a balanced budget. With the desegregation of schools, Eisenhower sent troops the Little Rock, Arkansas to assure the compliance of Federal orders. He wrote: “There must be no second class citizens in this country.”

Eisenhower left office in January 1961 and lived in his farm at Gettysburg until he died on March 28, 1969.



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