Dwight D. Eisenhower
“I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem - and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?”- Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower served as our 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. He was born in Denison, Texas on October 14, 1890. Although Eisenhower was born in Texas, he was raised in Kansas. After his education at the U. S. Military Academy, West Point, he became one of America’s greatest military commanders before going on to be our 34th President. Eisenhower’s resume was extensive; he served the United States Army from 1911, when he started at West Point, until 1952, when he began his campaign, because the President is required to be a civilian; however, once he served his two terms as President, his Five Star General rank was returned until his death in 1969. Eisenhower began his campaign for Presidency in 1952 with Nixon running as his Vice President. Before running for President, Eisenhower had done many remarkable things while in the military; however, he had never voted. Harry Truman, who assumed the Presidency after the assassination of FDR, tried to persuade Eisenhower to run for President on the ballot with him in 1948 because he felt he would never win a full term on his own, but Eisenhower declined his offer. Truman won this election without Eisenhower; however, in 1952 the Republican party started pursuing Eisenhower to be their Presidental nominee, but Eisenhower said in public that “he had no interest in politics because he had to devote full attention to his duty as commander of NATO forces in Europe” (American President: A Reference Resource). Eisenhower did not announce his candidacy until January of 1952. It didn’t take long to see that the voters wanted Eisenhower. Eisenhower won 55 percent of the popular vote, and he won the electoral vote on a landslide with “442 votes to Stevenson's 89” (American President: A Reference Resource). Eisenhower was a popular President...
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