Compatriot President: Dwight David Eisenhower
Dwight David Eisenhower
34th President of the US
Dwight David Eisenhower served two terms as the 34th President from 1953 to 1961. He was born in Dennison, TX, on October 14, 1890. He graduated in the upper half of his class from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1915.
Eisenhower served a career in the US Army culminating as Supreme Commander of all Allied Forces and led the Normandy invasion in 1944. He was President of Columbia University in 1948. He returned to active duty in 1950 as Commander of NATO troops.
Eisenhower’s Revolutionary Ancestor was John Peter Eisenhower who furnished supplies to the Continental Army troops during the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge. Another ancestor was John Matter, a Pennsylvania Militia soldier who fought at the Battle of Long Island. Thanks to work of the Empire State Society, the General’s application for membership was approved in 1945. President Eisenhower’s son, John Doud Eisenhower, and his brother Dr. Milton Stover Eisenhower, joined the SAR.
Eisenhower was the Republican Party candidate and was elected President. He began his first term in 1952 and was re-elected for a second term. When his term of office was completed, he retired to his farm in Gettysburg, PA.
General of the Army Eisenhower retired as a five-star general. Today, we are sometimes reminded by commemorative on the signs denoting Interstate Highways as part of the Eisenhower Interstate System, which display five silver stars on a light blue background.
President Eisenhower died in Washington, DC, on March 28, 1969, at the age of 78. He is buried at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, KS.