- NAME: Dwight D. Eisenhower
- OCCUPATION: General, U.S. President, Journalist
- BIRTH DATE: October 14, 1890
- DEATH DATE: March 28, 1969
- Did You Know?: President Dwight D. Eisenhower graduated first in his class at the Command and General Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth in 1926.
- EDUCATION: Abilene High School, United States Military Academy at West Point, Command and General Staff School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Denison, Texas
- PLACE OF DEATH: Washington, D.C.
- AKA: Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Nickname: Ike
- Full Name: Dwight David Eisenhower
- AKA: Dwight Eisenhower
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Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, promoted Atoms for Peace at the United Nations General Assembly in order to ease Cold War tensions.
Dwight D. Eisenhower campaigned against "Communism, Korea, and Corruption," and was elected President in 1952. While President, he created the Interstate Highway System and sent the National Guard to desegregate schools in Little Rock.
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In 1956 Eisenhower was a reelected to a second term, winning by an even wider margin than in his first election, despite the fact that he had just recently recovered from a heart attack. Over the course of his second term, Eisenhower continued to promote his Atoms for Peace program. In his second term, he also grappled with crises in Lebanon and the Suez.
Accomplishments during his administration include creating the U.S. Information Agency,
and establishing Alaska and Hawaii as states. Eisenhower also supported the creation of the Interstate Highway System during his time in office. His other distinctions include signing the 1957 Civil Rights Act and setting up a permanent Civil Rights Commission. Eisenhower was additionally responsible for signing the bill to form the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Poised to depart office in January of 1961, Eisenhower gave a televised farewell address in which he warned the nation against the dangers of the Cold War "military-industrial complex."
Following his presidency, Eisenhower retired to a farmhouse in Gettysburg with his wife, Mamie. Although he had resigned his commission as a general when he became president, when he left office his successor, President Kennedy, reactivated his commission. He also kept an office at Gettysburg College for the remainder of his life, where he held meetings and wrote his memoirs.
Eisenhower died on March 28, 1969, at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., following a long period of suffering from a heart-related illness. In addition to a state funeral in the nation's capital, a military funeral was held in Eisenhower's beloved hometown of Abilene, Kansas.
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