Dwight David Eisenhower

In office: 1953-1961

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) 

Dwight David Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States of America. He became probably best known for the so-called Eisenhower Doctrine, in which he expressed himself against the spread of the Soviet Union in the Middle East.

Eisenhower was born in Texas and grew up in poor conditions in Kansas, where he graduated from a military academy in 1915. The talented athlete became the supreme commander with the entry of the U.S. into World War II in 1924 and he took the command over the Allied forces in North Africa.

After the unconditional surrender of Germany and the end of World War II, Eisenhower was still active as a five-star general in the Allied Control Council. Despite further military tasks, among other things including as an advisor for President Truman, Eisenhower committed himself to the administration of Columbia University from 1948.

Wife: Mary "Mamie" Geneva Doud (1896-1979), wedding on July 1st, 1916

Children: Doud Dwight Eisenhower (1917-1921), John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower (1923-)

Profession: soldier

Presidential orientation: Republican

Presidential salary: USD 100,000/year + USD 50,000 expenses

Results of the presidential elections:

 Year

 

 Popular Votes

 Electoral Votes

 1952

 Dwight D. Eisenhower

 33,936,234

 442

 

 Adlai E. Stevenson

 27,314,992

 89

 1956

 Dwight D. Eisenhower

 35,590,472

 457

 

 Adlai E. Stevenson

 26,022,752

 73

 

 Walter B. Jones

 

 1

 

Vice President: Richard M. Nixon (1953-1961)

Presidency (1953-1961):

In the elections 1952 Eisenhower won with a significant lead against his rival candidate Stevenson and became so the 34th President of the United States of America in 1953. With the development of “modern Republicanism”, an approach for the U.S. domestic unrests and instability, Eisenhower carried on the more conservative policy of his predecessors Roosevelt and Truman.

On the domestic front Eisenhower tried besides the further development of the welfare state approaches also to breakdown the racial barriers.

In the field of foreign policy he tried to avoid as far as possible conflicts with the Soviet Union and even ended the Korean War in 1953. However, in his doctrine, he promised to all States of the Middle East support to stand up economically and militarily to the spread of communism.

Despite the sending of troops to Europe Eisenhower was always endeavoured to improve the situation, which he expressed at the Summit in Geneva in 1955.

After his second term up until his death in Washington, D.C. in March 1969, David Eisenhower carried on being a member of the Republican party and took over the role of the elder statesman.

Nickname: Ike

"Don't join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed." (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

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