Dwight David Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States and was in office from 1953 to 1961. He was in the Republican Party and in his first election in 1952 He had 442 to electoral votes and his candidate Adlai Stevenson had 89. In President Eisenhower's second election during 1956 he had 457 electoral votes.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was an average student in school and enjoyed studying history. His heroes included military figures like George Washington. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1909 and then went to work for a year to pay for his brothers college education. When the United Sates joined World War II in 1941, Eisenhower became Chief of the War Plans Division of the U.S. Army General Staff.
"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."
Although there was dangerous moments in the cold war during the 1950's, people often remember the Eisenhower years as "happy days", a time when Americans did not have to worry about depression of war, as they had in the 1960's. Instead, Americans spent there time enjoying the benefits of a booming economy. Millions of families got their first television and their second car and enjoyed new pastimes like hula hoops or transistor radios.
Dwight D. Eisenhower brought a "new look" to the U.S. national security policy in 1953. The main elements of the new look were : (1) Maintaining the vitality of the U.S. economy while still building sufficient strength to prosecute the Cold War; (2) Relying on nuclear weapons to deter communist aggression or, if necessary, to fight a war; (3) Using the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to carry out secret or covert actions against governments or leaders "directly or indirectly responsive to Soviet control.
Three Fun Facts about President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1. He was the first Supreme Allied Commander of NATO in 1951. 2. He installed an outdoor putting green in the White House. 3. He was once President Of Columbia University.