Dwight David Eisenhower served two terms as the thirty-fourth U.S. president from 1953 to 1961. He was born in Dennison, Texas, on October 14, 1890. He graduated in the upper half of his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1915.
Eisenhower served a career in the U.S. Army culminating as supreme commander of all Allied Forces and led the Normandy invasion in 1944. He was the president of Columbia University in 1948. He returned to active duty in 1950 as commander of NATO troops.
Eisenhower’s SAR Revolutionary War ancestor was John Peter Eisenhower, who furnished supplies to the Continental Army troops during the winter of 1777 and 1778 at Valley Forge. Another SAR ancestor was John Matter, a Pennsylvania Militia soldier who fought at the Battle of Long Island. Thanks to the work of the Empire State SAR, the Eisenhower’s SAR application for membership was approved in 1945. President Eisenhower’s son, John Doud Eisenhower, and his brother, Dr. Milton Stover Eisenhower, joined the SAR as well.
Eisenhower was the Republican Party candidate and was elected U.S. president in 1951, began his first term in 1952, and was reelected to serve a second term. When his term of office was completed, Eisenhower retired to his farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
General Eisenhower retired as a five-star general. We are reminded at times of this fact by the commemorative 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, D.C., on March 28, 1969, at the age of seventy-eight. He is buried at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas.