Dwight D. Eisenhower was born on October 14
1890 in Denison Texas. His parents were David
Jacob Eisenhower and Ida Stover Eisenhower. He
had two older brothers Arthur and Edgar and three
youger ones Roy,Earl and Milton. Predictions made
in his highschool year book saw Dwight as becoming
a history professor and strangly enough his older
brother Edgar becoming President of the United
Many happenings in Dwights life show
leadership ability. In 1941 Eisenhower was appointed
by the army to plan the stradegy for the Third Army in
war games in Louisianna. He brilliantly defeated the
enemy force. This performance earned him a
promotion to brigadier general in September 1941.
The U.S. enterred World War 2 in December of 1941.
After Japans attack on Pearl Habor General George
C Marshall ,Army Chief of Staff, brought Eisenhower
to Washington D.C. to serve in the Armys war plans
division. He was then named commanding general of
the U.S. forces in the European Theatre of
Operations. In July of 1942 Eisenhower became
lieutenant general. Also named commander of allied
forces to invade North Africa. The invasion resulted
in the recapturing of the reigon from german and
italian forces. Eisenhower became a four star general
in February 1943. In all these campaigns he worked
to create unnity between all the foreign commanders.
Many americans viewd this to be a very difficult job.
Eisenhower said Good leadership was not a
matter of issuing orders but it was a matter of
enforcing obedience instead. With Eisenhower
having all the experience in leadership, many
americans thought Eisenhower would make a great
president. During the presidency of Dwight D.
Eisenhower he was faced with many difficult tasks or
decisions. When Dwight D. Eisenhower was running
for office he had promised that he would travel
personally to Korea to astablish a truce. In the middle
of the year 1953 he full filled this promise. In 1954
Eisenhower sent protection to South Vietnam in 1954
in an effort to prevent its take over by Communist-run
North Vietnam. He also launched a major federal
public works program that established the national
interstate highway system and the Saint Lawrence
In the year 1956 he was forced to deal with his first
domestic crisis, the violent reaction to the court
ordered racial segregation in Little Rock,Arkansas.
Nationalizing the Arkansas National Guard and
sending in additional troops quickly restored peace.
In 1961 Eisenhower cut off diplomatic relations with
Cuba in response to the Cuban Revolution of 1959.
These are just a few difficult decisions that
Eisenhower had to make during his presidency. The
american public had faith in their president to make
the right decison. Eisenhower had full suport from the
The American Presidency
Dwight D Eisenhower Encarta Encyclopedia,1998