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"President" David Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower

"President" David Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower[1, 2]

Male 1890 - 1969  (78 years)

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  • Name David Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower 
    • His mother originally named him David Dwight but reversed the two names after his birth to avoid the confusion of having two Davids in the family
    Title "President" 
    Born 14 Oct 1890  Denison, Grayson, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military: WWII Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe; he had responsibility for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942-43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944-45 from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first supreme commander of NATO 
    Occupation 1953 - 1961  The White House, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    President of the United States 
    Presidential Seal
    Presidential Seal
    Presidential Seal
    (Indicates this person was a President of the United States)
    Residence 1953 - 1961  The White House, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The White House
    The White House
    The White House, Washington D.C.
    On Saturday, November 1, 1800, John Adams became the first president to take residence in the building.[13] During Adams' second day in the house, he wrote a letter to his wife Abigail, containing a prayer for the house. Adams wrote:

    I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this House, and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.
    Died 28 Mar 1969  Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washingrton, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Eisenhower Center, Abilene, Dickinson, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eisenhower Family Tomb
    Eisenhower Family Tomb
    Eisenhower Family Tomb
    Eisenhower, Dwight David 'Ike'
    Eisenhower, Dwight David "Ike"
    Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower
    • 34th United States President, United States General of the Army. One of seven sons of a poor Kansas family, he discovered he could receive an education for free if he was accepted at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He passed the 1911 entry exam and graduated in the top half of his class. As the conflicts in Europe became World War II, he found himself on a rapid ascent. He rose to lead the armed forces fighting to liberate Europe, commanding the Allied Forces in invasions of North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Normandy, then directing the campaign from D-Day to the surrender of Germany. After the war's conclusion, he was appointed as the first Supreme Commander of NATO. Upon his return to the United States as a 5-star general, he served as the Army Chief of Staff with the main task being demobilization. Upon retirement, he accepted the presidency of Columbia University. Politics called and he became the Nation's 34th President, guiding America to peace by ending the Korean War. Americans enjoyed a strong, expanding economy under Eisenhower with solid economic growth, little inflation and low unemployment. He expanded social security and increased the minimum wage. The Interstate Highway System and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) were created and space exploration began. In 1959, Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states of the Union. He was beset with heart problems beginning during his term in the White House and his health continued to decline during his retirement to a farm at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. At age 78, eight years after leaving the White house, he was admitted to Walter Reed Hospital where a heart attack took his life. His body laid in state at the White House and the Capitol Rotunda prior to a final service at the National Cathedral in Washington. Returned to Kansas, he was buried in the chapel on the grounds of the complex housing the Eisenhower boyhood home, library and museum.
    • Dwight Eisenhower's Obituary

      [From page 1 of The New York Times, March 29, 1969]

      [With grateful thanks to Michael Elsner for transcription!]



      De Gaulle Will Attend Funeral of the 34th President Monday

      By Felix Belair Jr.
      Special to the New York Times
      WASHINGTON, March 28 -- Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, died peacefully at 12:25 P.M. today at Walter Reed General Hospital after a long fight against coronary heart disease. He was 78 years old.
      Death came to the five-star General of the Army and hero of World War II as members of his immediate family stood at his bedside.
      The end had been foreshadowed in a midmorning medical bulletin that said the general's condition "continues almost imperceptibly downhill." It added that Mrs. Eisenhower was at his side.
      The former President's doctors gave no immediate cause of death, presumably because they considered this unnecessary. His damaged heart -- scarred by seven attacks and weakened by recent episodes of congestive heart failure -- finally gave out despite the best efforts of medical science to prolong his life.
      A Popular Leader

      In all corners of the earth where the name Eisenhower was associated with victory in war and a tireless crusade for peace, great men and small were moved by the passing of the man whose rise from a farm boy in Kansas to supreme Allied commander and conqueror of the Axis powers and President of the United States was a story of devotion to duty.
      Trained to command, he welded together the greatest military coalition in history by the tactic of conciliation. After he became President in 1952 he ended the war in Korea, and he refused to give fighter planes to the French forces in Vietnam because he was fearful the United States might become directly involved as a result.
      As President he governed effectively through the sheer force of his popularity among average Americans of both major parties, and it was the average American who was the real source of his power.
      Record Pluralities

      His critics at home accused him of playing too much golf and of garbling syntax at his news conferences. But the voters loved him and twice elected him President by the largest pluralities ever recorded at the time.
      In his infectious grin and his highly expressive face most Americans thoughts they saw in "Ike" a dim reflection of themselves.
      In Paris, it was announced today that General De Gaulle, leader of the Free French forces when General Eisenhower was supreme Allied commander in Europe during World War II would come to Washington for the funeral ceremonies on Monday.
      From London there was word that Lord Mountbatten, supreme Allied commander in Southeast Asia during the war, would attend as the personal representative of Queen Elizabeth.
      The announcement of General Eisenhower's death, read to reporters by Brig. Gen. Frederic J. Hughes, commandant of Walter Reed, said:
      "General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, died quietly at 12:25 this noon after a long and heroic battle against overwhelming illness. His passing was peaceful, and he experienced no distress.
      "Mrs. Eisenhower and the immediate family were nearby. President Nixon, former Presidents Truman and Johnson, and General Eisenhower's brothers have been notified. The commanding general, Military District of Washington, is responsible for all arrangements for the state funeral.
      "It is the wish of the family that, in lieu of flowers, friends will recall charities of their choices, or those of prime interest to General Eisenhower during his lifetime."
      Visibly moved by the news he had to impart, General Hughes brushed aside an inquiry on whether there would be a medical briefing.
      "No," he replied. "This is a period of mourning, not of medical discussion."
      President Nixon, who had been notified of the death of his former chief moments after the event, left the White House at 12:50 P.M. and was sped to the hospital behind a motorcycle escort. He was accompanied by Mrs. Nixon and their eldest daughter, Tricia.
      Proclamation by Nixon

      The President, before leaving his office, signed a proclamation calling for a day of mourning on Monday and ordering that the flag be flown at half-staff on all Government buildings and other Government facilities at home and around the world for 30 days. The White House will be closed to visitors through Wednesday.
      Mr. Nixon also sent a brief message to both houses of Congress notifying members officially of his action. Government offices were closed almost immediately, and Federal employees were sent home. The offices will remain closed through Monday.
      Postmaster General Winton M. Blount announced there will be no mail deliveries on Monday and all post offices will be closed. Chief Justice Earl Warren announced that the Supreme Court would formally convene at 10 A.M. on Monday but would adjourn promptly without transacting any business.
      General Eisenhower's brother Milton S. of Baltimore, former president of Johns Hopkins University, arrived at the hospital just ahead of the Presidential party. The other surviving brother, Edgar N., lives in Tacoma, Washington.
      Behind the President's limousine followed one with Secretary of State William P. Rogers, Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird, Henry A. Kissinger, special Presidential assistant for national security affairs, and Bryce Harlow, White House legislative liaison chief, who had held the same post under President Eisenhower.
      They joined the Eisenhower family in Mrs. Eisenhower's third-floor suite, adjoining that of General Eisenhower.
      The family included David Eisenhower, the general's grandson, and his wife, the former Julie Nixon, daughter of the President. They had remained in an anteroom while the former President's wife Mamie, his son, John, and the latter's wife Barbara, remained at his bedside until the end.
      Tributes to General Eisenhower were numerous. President Nixon said of the man with whom he worked for eight years as Vice President that "he spoke with a moral authority seldom equaled in American public life.
      "Dwight Eisenhower was selfless," the President said. "He was devoted to the common cause of humanity, to his beloved country, and to his family and friends. He was both a great man and a good man. To millions the world over he was a symbol of decency and hope."
      In his proclamation President Nixon said, "General Eisenhower's life will shape the future as it shaped our time."
      "As long as men cherish their freedom," he said, "Dwight Eisenhower will stand with them, as he stood during war and peace; strong, confident and courageous. Even in death he has left us a great spirit that will never die."
      The President emerged from the hospital red-eyed and silent, entering his waiting limousine and returning to the Executive Mansion. He canceled all appointments for the next five days and left by helicopter for Camp David at Catoctin, Md., accompanied only by an aide.
      In his eulogy of General Eisenhower, President Nixon offered as a key to his character a statement the general had prepared in event the Normandy invasion during World War II ended in disaster. It read:
      "Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and Navy, did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone."
      Mr. Nixon said the statement was filed away and never used because the landings had been successful.
      "But that was a man ready to take the consequences of decision," the President said. "That was Eisenhower."
      To Lie In State

      Plans for the state funeral and interment of the former President at Abilene, Kan., were approved by General Eisenhower himself in 1966. They will be put into effect starting just before 11 A.M. tomorrow when his body is taken from a funeral home here and conveyed by hearse to the Washington Cathedral.
      The body will remain there until midafternoon Sunday, when it will be placed on a caisson, and a procession will go from the cathedral to the Capitol. There the body will lie in state from 5:30 P.M. Sunday until 1:30 P.M. Monday on the same black-draped catafalque that supported the body of Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
      Just before 4 P.M. on Monday the body will be returned by hearse to the Washington Cathedral for a formal funeral ceremony at about 4:30 P.M. At about 6:00 P.M. it will be placed aboard a special funeral train, also carrying old friends for the trip to Abilene, taking about 40 hours, and burial, on Wednesday.
      The former President -- he preferred to be addressed as General Eisenhower -- had been a patient at Walter Reed since last May 14. He was flown here from Southern California, where he had been hospitalized temporarily after his fourth heart attack, on April 29.
      There were three more attacks on June 14, Aug. 6, and Aug. 16. All but the last one was diagnosed as a myocardial infarction -- severe damage to the myocardium, or main pumping muscle of the heart. The sixth attack was diagnosed as equaling in severity his first massive infarct, in Denver in 1955.
      The seventh attack, although less damaging than the others, marked the onset of ventricular fibrillating, or fluttering of the lower left pumping chamber of the heart. On at least four occasions he had to be "defibrillated" by massive electrical shock, restoring his normal heart rhythm.
      In each of these episodes the old warrior lost consciousness, and there were times when his doctors despaired of his life. But, after being listed in "critical" condition for several weeks he rallied.
      Equanimity mixed with light humor came to be recognized as the General's hallmark during his last days in the hospital.
      When told of the need for surgery, his immediate reaction was a wry smile.
      "Okay, if that's the way it has to be. But I don't want anybody waking me up at 2 in the morning to stick another needle in me and carting me off to the operating room. If there's going to be another invasion, I want to know about it in advance and that it's coming off on schedule."
      Remarkable Recovery

      Two days later Walter Reed doctors talked about the former President's "remarkable recovery." Less than seven months earlier, on Aug. 16, Lieut. Gen. Leonard Heaton, Surgeon General of the Army, talked openly about General Eisenhower's "miraculous recovery" from his seventh heart attack.
      Since his last major heart attack, his doctors knew that death might strike at any time. General Eisenhower knew it too. He had known since his second and third attacks, on Nov 9 and 11, 1965, for which he was hospitalized at Fort Gordon, Ga. that he was living on borrowed time.
      The General's doctors kept no secrets from him about his condition. He was aware that his cardiac disease was progressive and that he might just as readily die in a rocking chair at his Gettysburg, Pa., farm as on the golf course at Palm Desert in Southern California.
      But General Eisenhower never seemed distressed at the thought. In August of 1968, after his sixth heart attack, he spoke of death to a long-time friend as preferable to life as a bed-ridden cripple and a burden to his family.
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    Father David Jacob Eisenhower,   b. 23 Sep 1863, Elizabethville, Dauphin, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1942, Abilene, Dickinson, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Ida Elizabeth Stover,   b. 1 May 1862, Mt Sidney, Augusta, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1946, Abilene, Dickinson, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1885  Hope, Dickinson, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eisenhower family portrait 1902
    Eisenhower family portrait 1902
    1902 Eisenhower family portrait.
    Back row: Dwight, Edgar, Earl, Arthur, Roy.
    Front row: David, Milton, Ida.
    Eisenhower Family Photo - 1926
    Eisenhower Family Photo - 1926
    Eisenhower Family Photo - 1926
    Photo 62-318 by Paul Jeffcoat

    Front Row L-R: Father David, Milton, Mother Ida
    Back Row L-R: Dwight, Edgar, Earl, Arthur, Roy
    Family ID F4535  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary "Mamie" Geneva Doud,   b. 14 Nov 1896, Boone, Boone, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1979, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 1 Jul 1916  Denver, Adams, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Doud Dwight Eisenhower,   b. 24 Sep 1917, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1921, Camp Meade, Allegany, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
    +2. John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower,   b. 3 Aug 1922, Denver, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1967, Fort Monroe, Elizabeth, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
    Eisenhower family home
    Eisenhower family home
    The Eisenhower family home, Abilene, Kansas.
    Family ID F4536  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Oct 1890 - Denison, Grayson, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jul 1916 - Denver, Adams, Colorado Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - President of the United States - 1953 - 1961 - The White House, Washington, District of Columbia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1953 - 1961 - The White House, Washington, District of Columbia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Mar 1969 - Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washingrton, District of Columbia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Eisenhower Center, Abilene, Dickinson, Kansas Link to Google Earth
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    President Dwight D. Eisenhower
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Bringing to the Presidency his prestige as commanding general of the victorious forces in Europe during World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower obtained a truce in Korea and worked incessantly during his two terms to ease the tensions of the Cold War. He pursued the moderate policies of "Modern Republicanism," pointing out as he left office, "America is today the strongest, most influential, and most productive nation in the world."

    Born in Texas in 1890, brought up in Abilene, Kansas, Eisenhower was the third of seven sons. He excelled in sports in high school, and received an appointment to West Point. Stationed in Texas as a second lieutenant, he met Mamie Geneva Doud, whom he married in 1916.

    In his early Army career, he excelled in staff assignments, serving under Generals John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur, and Walter Krueger. After Pearl Harbor, General George C. Marshall called him to Washington for a war plans assignment. He commanded the Allied Forces landing in North Africa in November 1942; on D-Day, 1944, he was Supreme Commander of the troops invading France.

    After the war, he became President of Columbia University, then took leave to assume supreme command over the new NATO forces being assembled in 1951. Republican emissaries to his headquarters near Paris persuaded him to run for President in 1952.

    "I like Ike" was an irresistible slogan; Eisenhower won a sweeping victory.

    Negotiating from military strength, he tried to reduce the strains of the Cold War. In 1953, the signing of a truce brought an armed peace along the border of South Korea. The death of Stalin the same year caused shifts in relations with Russia.

    New Russian leaders consented to a peace treaty neutralizing Austria. Meanwhile, both Russia and the United States had developed hydrogen bombs. With the threat of such destructive force hanging over the world, Eisenhower, with the leaders of the British, French, and Russian governments, met at Geneva in July 1955.

    The President proposed that the United States and Russia exchange blueprints of each other's military establishments and "provide within our countries facilities for aerial photography to the other country." The Russians greeted the proposal with silence, but were so cordial throughout the meetings that tensions relaxed.

    Suddenly, in September 1955, Eisenhower suffered a heart attack in Denver, Colorado. After seven weeks he left the hospital, and in February 1956 doctors reported his recovery. In November he was elected for his second term.

    In domestic policy the President pursued a middle course, continuing most of the New Deal and Fair Deal programs, emphasizing a balanced budget. As desegregation of schools began, he sent troops into Little Rock, Arkansas, to assure compliance with the orders of a Federal court; he also ordered the complete desegregation of the Armed Forces. "There must be no second class citizens in this country," he wrote.

    Eisenhower concentrated on maintaining world peace. He watched with pleasure the development of his "atoms for peace" program--the loan of American uranium to "have not" nations for peaceful purposes.

    Before he left office in January 1961, for his farm in Gettysburg, he urged the necessity of maintaining an adequate military strength, but cautioned that vast, long-continued military expenditures could breed potential dangers to our way of life. He concluded with a prayer for peace "in the goodness of time." Both themes remained timely and urgent when he died, after a long illness, on March 28, 1969.

    The Presidential biographies on are from “The Presidents of the United States of America,” by Frank Freidel and Hugh Sidey. Copyright 2006 by the White House Historical Association.
    Eisenhower, Dwight & Mamie Daoub
    Eisenhower, Dwight & Mamie Daoub
    Dwight & Mamie Daoub Eisenhower
    Eisenhower, Dwight David 'Ike'
    Eisenhower, Dwight David "Ike"
    Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower
    Eisenhower, Dwight David 'Ike'
    Eisenhower, Dwight David "Ike"
    Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower
    Eisenhower family photo
    Eisenhower family photo
    Dwight & Mamie Doud Eisenhower with son Doud Dwight Eisenhower
    Eisenhower - Father & Son
    Eisenhower - Father & Son
    John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower with his father Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Eisenhower and Nixon at Dinner with King Saud
    Eisenhower and Nixon at Dinner with King Saud
    President Eisenhower (L) and Vice President Richard Nixon (R) are shown with their host, King Saud of Saudi Arabia (C), as they attended the regally-arranged dinner given by the Arabian monarch at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. in 1957.

    1912 West Point football team
    1912 West Point football team
    Eisenhower (2nd from left) and Omar Bradley (2nd from right) were members of the 1912 West Point football team.
    American World War II senior military officials, 1945
    American World War II senior military officials, 1945
    Senior American commanders of World War II.
    Seated are (from left to right) Gens. William H. Simpson, George S. Patton, Carl A. Spaatz, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, Courtney H. Hodges, and Leonard T. Gerow;
    standing are (from left to right) Gens. Ralph F. Stearley, Hoyt Vandenberg, Walter Bedell Smith, Otto P. Weyland, and Richard E. Nugent.
    Eisenhower d-day
    Eisenhower d-day
    General Dwight D. Eisenhower addresses American paratroopers prior to D-Day.
    "Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order of the Day. 'Full victory-nothing less' to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe." Eisenhower is meeting with US Co. E, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Strike) of the 101st Airborne Division, photo taken at Greenham Common Airfield in England about 8:30 p.m. on June 5, 1944. The General was talking about fly fishing with his men as he always did before a stressful operation.
    Memoir by Lt Wallace C. Strobel about this photo (seen wearing the number 23 around his neck)
    General Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) D-Day Message
    General Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) D-Day Message
    General Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) D-Day Message
    Order of the Day: 6 June 1944

  • Sources 
    1. [S33] SSDI - Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current , Social Security Administration, Washington, DC, Number: 572-64-0315; Issue State: California; Issue Date: 1962.
      Birth date: 14 Oct 1890 Birth place: Death date: Mar 1969 Death place: Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    2. [S9] Family Trees and LDS, This information is obtained from Public and Private Family Trees and Data Collections including but not limited to: LDS, Ancestry, WFT, MyFamily etc., (Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual private or public files. This infomation is not a "Primary Source".), Ancestry Family Trees.

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