Essay about Dwight D Eisenhower

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Dwight’s Early Life

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the third son of David and Ida Stover Eisenhower. He was born in 1890 in Denison, Texas, and named David Dwight Eisenhower, although he was known as Dwight David by many. In 1891, the family moved to Abilene, Kansas, where Eisenhower was brought up. He was the third of seven sons. He and his older brothers were all called “Ike” by their family, Eisenhower was known as “Little Ike”. In his high school years, he was known to excel in sports due to his active nature. After he graduated, Eisenhower wanted to attend college, but his family could not afford the tuition. Dwight and his brother planned to switch off between work and college every year in order to pay for each other’s tuition and
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Becoming familiar with these men proved to be an asset in Eisenhower’s military career. Before the entrance of America into World War II, he found himself promoted to the rank of brigadier general.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, General George C. Marshall called him to Washington for a war plans assignment. Eisenhower impressed both the general as well as The President (Theodore Roosevelt) with his well thought out plan to focus on weakening Germany before assaulting the Japanese. Because of this, he was placed in command of the Allied Forces landing in North Africa in November 1942. On D-Day, 1944, he was Supreme Commander of the troops invading France. After heading many decisive victories for the U.S., Eisenhower accepted Germany’s surrender on May 7, 1945. He returned home a national hero.

Eisenhower’s Term in Office (1952-1960)

After the war, he became President of Columbia University, then left to assume the first position of supreme commander over the new NATO forces being assembled in 1951. In 1952, Eisenhower resigned from the army to campaign in the presidential election that year. Both major parties wanted him to represent them in the presidential race, but in the end, Eisenhower ran for president as a Republican, favoring their conservative values. His prestige as commanding general of the victorious forces in Europe during World War II, no doubt, helped him into office. Becoming the
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