The Presidents of the USA

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Dwight Eisenhower
1953-1961


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Dwight David Eisenhower
 

birthplace

Denison, TX

birthday

October 14

Life

1890-1969

age

OFC:62 , d. 79

party

Republican

presidency highlights

End of Korean war — Economic Growth — Cold War

nickname:

Ike

vice-president:

Richard Milhous Nixon
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previous office

Sup. Allied Commander Europe

key background fact:

5-star general

occupation

Soldier, General

military service

General of the Army - Supr.Allied Commander in Europe in WW II

children

2:   2 boys

wife:

Mamie Geneva Doud (1916)

height

5' 10'' / 1.78 m

higher education

U.S. Military Academy

religion

Presbyterian

 

quote

"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable."

actions & events

  •  Alaska and Hawaii admitted as states
  • 1957 Sent Troops to Little Rock to enforce integration
  • 1958 NASA established.
  • 1960 Civil Rights

economy

  • 1956 Federal-Aid Highway Act - National highways
  • 1953-1960 Economy flourished. GDP grows 70%

foreign affairs

  • 1954 Geneva Conference (SEATO)
  • 1956 Suez crisis
  • 1956  Eisenhower Doctrine: continuation of containment
  • 1960 U2 incident

military activity

  • 1953 End of Korean War
  • 1958 USA troops into Lebanon

unique facts

  • Last president born in the 19th century
  • First president of 50 states.
  • He initiated the use of Air Force One

interesting

His class at West Point was referred to as "the class the stars fell on". He smoked four packs of cigarettes a day. Had worked 9 years under Gen. McArthur. Had two heart attacks while in office.

military activity

  • 1953 End of Korean War
  • 1958 USA troops into Lebanon

Legacy

After a glorious military career, as president, he negotiated the end of the Korean War and pursued moderate policies. He presided over a period of growth and prosperity, at the peak of the Cold War.

Military budget cuts

Military budget cuts