34th President of the United States
(January 20, 1953 to January 20, 1961)
Full Name: David Dwight Eisenhower
Born: October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas
Died: March 28, 1969, in Washington, D.C.
Father: David Jacob Eisenhower
Mother: Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower
Married: Mary "Mamie" Geneva Doud (1896-1979), on July 1, 1916
Children: Doud Dwight Eisenhower (1917-21); John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower (1923-2013)
Education: Graduated from U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. (1915)
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:
Presidential Salary: $100,000/year + $50,000 expense account
Vice President: Richard M. Nixon (1953-61)
- Secretary of State
- John Foster Dulles (1953-59)
Christian A. Herter (1959-61)
- Secretary of the Treasury
- George M. Humphrey (1953-57)
Robert B. Anderson (1957-61)
- Secretary of Defense
- Charles E. Wilson (1953-57)
Neil H. McElroy (1957-59)
Thomas S. Gates, Jr. (1960-61)
- Attorney General
- Herbert Brownell, Jr. (1953-57)
William P. Rogers (1957-61)
- Postmaster General
- Arthur E. Summerfield (1953-61)
- Secretary of the Interior
- Douglas J. McKay (1953-56)
Frederick A. Seaton (1956-61)
- Secretary of Agriculture
- Ezra Taft Benson (1953-61)
- Secretary of Commerce
- Sinclair Weeks (1953-58)
Lewis Strauss (1958-59)
Frederick H. Mueller (1959-60)
- Secretary of Labor
- Martin P. Durkin (1953)
James P. Mitchell (1953-61)
- Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
- Oveta Culp Hobby (1953-55)
Marion B. Folsom (1955-58)
Arthur S. Flemming (1958-61)
- Dwight D. Eisenhower -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
- Compiled by the White House.
- Dwight Eisenhower -- from The American President
- From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower -- from Character Above All
- From a PBS broadcast by the same name, this essay excerpt by Stephen Abrose discusses some of the issues and events that molded Eisenhower.
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Other Internet Resources:
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home
- Information on the Abilene, Kansas library, along with biographical sketches of Eisenhower and his wife.
- Eisenhower National Historic Site
- Eisenhower's retreat and retirement home. Tourist information, history, a timeline of Eisenhower's life, and quotations from Eisenhower. Maintained by the National Park Service.
- Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site
- Located in Denison, TX, this home where Eisenhower was born is furnished with antiques illustrating the working class life of the Eisenhowers.
Points of Interest:
- Eisenhower's grandson David is the namesake of Camp David, the country retreat of the U.S. president.
- Eisenhower was the only president to serve in World War I and World War II.
- During Eisenhower's long and illustrious military career he never saw active combat.
- The squirrels on the White House grounds were captured and relocated so they would not ruin Eisenhower's putting green.
- Eisenhower painted more than 200 paintings.
- Eisenhower was the first president to ride in a helicopter. He started the tradition of the president taking helicopters from the White House lawn.
- During his presidency, Eisenhower spent almost two months in the hospital after a heart attack.