Dwight D. Eisenhower was born on October 141890 in Denison Texas.

His parents were DavidJacob Eisenhower and Ida Stover Eisenhower. Hehad two older brothers Arthur and Edgar and threeyouger ones Roy,Earl and Milton. Predictions madein his highschool year book saw Dwight as becominga history professor and strangly enough his olderbrother Edgar becoming President of the UnitedStates.Many happenings in Dwights life showleadership ability. In 1941 Eisenhower was appointedby the army to plan the stradegy for the Third Army inwar games in Louisianna. He brilliantly defeated theenemy force. This performance earned him apromotion to brigadier general in September 1941.

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The U.S. enterred World War 2 in December of 1941. After Japans attack on Pearl Habor General GeorgeC Marshall ,Army Chief of Staff, brought Eisenhowerto Washington D.C. to serve in the Armys war plansdivision.

He was then named commanding general ofthe U.S. forces in the European Theatre ofOperations. In July of 1942 Eisenhower becamelieutenant general. Also named commander of alliedforces to invade North Africa.

The invasion resultedin the recapturing of the reigon from german anditalian forces. Eisenhower became a four star generalin February 1943. In all these campaigns he workedto create unnity between all the foreign commanders. Many americans viewd this to be a very difficult job.Eisenhower said Good leadership was not amatter of issuing orders but it was a matter ofenforcing obedience instead. With Eisenhowerhaving all the experience in leadership, manyamericans thought Eisenhower would make a greatpresident.

During the presidency of Dwight D.Eisenhower he was faced with many difficult tasks ordecisions. When Dwight D. Eisenhower was runningfor office he had promised that he would travelpersonally to Korea to astablish a truce. In the middleof the year 1953 he full filled this promise. In 1954Eisenhower sent protection to South Vietnam in 1954in an effort to prevent its take over by Communist-runNorth Vietnam. He also launched a major federalpublic works program that established the nationalinterstate highway system and the Saint LawrenceSea Way.

In the year 1956 he was forced to deal with his firstdomestic crisis, the violent reaction to the courtordered racial segregation in Little Rock,Arkansas. Nationalizing the Arkansas National Guard andsending in additional troops quickly restored peace. In 1961 Eisenhower cut off diplomatic relations withCuba in response to the Cuban Revolution of 1959.These are just a few difficult decisions thatEisenhower had to make during his presidency.

Theamerican public had faith in their president to makethe right decison. Eisenhower had full suport from theamerican public.BibliographyThe American Presidencyhttp://www.grolier.com/presidents/EisenhowerDwight D Eisenhower Encarta Encyclopedia,1998History