Eisenhower

January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961

Overview

Full name: Dwight David Eisenhower
Presidential Party: Republican
Vice President: Richard Nixon
Born on October 14, 1890 in Denison, Texas
Died March 28, 1969 in Washington, D.C.

Pre-presidential Era

He was one of America's most outstanding military leaders as well as president. He aided Pershing and MacArthur in the Philippines during his military service. Very shortly before America's involvement into WW11, he was promoted to brigadier general. In 1944, he was supreme commander of Operation Overlord, the Allied assault on Nazi-occupied Europe. Within the span of only five years, He had risen from a lieutenant to the commander of one of the most important and well executed forces in history. As he returned back to America in 1945 after his operation, Eisenhower was greatly admired and adored by the public. In 1952, he declared that he was a Republican and returned home to win his party's presidential nomination, with Richard M. Nixon as his running partner. He ran for two terms easily beating his rival two times for both term elections.

President Eisenhower

Eisenhower was a beloved and popular president throughout his eight years in office. He helped maintain and improve existing services such as Social Security, but also helped launch new programs such as the Interstate Highway System in 1956, which became the single largest public works program in U.S. history. Six months after he became President, Eisenhower agreed to an armistice that ended three years of fighting in Korea. But he made effort to wage the Cold War, keeping defense spending high, and placed a strong emphasis on nuclear power.


Eisenhower accomplished many things during his administration which 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.