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20 Facts About Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was an American army general and statesman who served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961.

The President of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States.

Dwight D. Eisenhower: The 34th President of the United States | Biography by Biography

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During World War II, he was a five-star general in the United States Army and served as supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe.

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier.

World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.

The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States Armed Forces and performs land-based military operations.

IKE The War Year 1979 by Dokter Film

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He was responsible 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.

Operation Torch was the British-American invasion of French North Africa during the North African Campaign of the Second World War which started on 8 November 1942.

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Born David Dwight Eisenhower in Denison, Texas, he was raised in Kansas in a large family of mostly Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry.

The Pennsylvania Dutch, also referred to as the Pennsylvania Germans, are a cultural group formed by early German-speaking immigrants to Pennsylvania and their descendants.

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His family had a strong religious background.

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His mother was born a Lutheran, married as a River Brethren, and later became a Jehovah's Witness.

Lutheranism is a major branch of Protestant Christianity which identifies with the theology of Martin Luther, a German friar, ecclesiastical reformer and theologian.

The River Brethren is a name used to indicate certain Christian groups originating in 1770, during a revival movement among German colonizers in Pennsylvania.

Jehovah's Witnesses is a millenarian restorationist Christian denomination with nontrinitarian beliefs distinct from mainstream Christianity.

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Even so, Eisenhower did not belong to any organized church until 1952.

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He cited constant relocation during his military career as one reason.

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He graduated from West Point in 1915 and later married Mamie Doud, with whom he had two sons.

The United States Military Academy, also known as West Point, Army, The Academy, or simply The Point, is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located in West Point, New York in Orange County.

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During World War I, he was denied a request to serve in Europe and instead commanded a unit that trained tank crews.

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Following the war, he served under various generals and was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in 1941.

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After the U.S. entered World War II, Eisenhower oversaw the invasions of North Africa and Sicily before supervising the invasions of France and Germany.

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After the war, Eisenhower served as Army Chief of Staff and then took on the role as president of Columbia University.

Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City.

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In 1951–52, he served as the first Supreme Commander of NATO.

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In 1952, Eisenhower entered the presidential race as a Republican to block the isolationist foreign policies of Senator Robert A. Taft, who opposed NATO and wanted no foreign entanglements.

Robert Alphonso Taft Sr. was an American conservative politician, lawyer, and scion of the Republican Party's Taft family.

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He won that election and the 1956 election in landslides, both times defeating Adlai Stevenson II. He became the first Republican to win since Herbert Hoover in 1928.

Herbert Clark Hoover was an American politician who served as the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933.

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Eisenhower's main goals in office were to contain the expansion of the Soviet Union and reduce federal deficits.

The Soviet Union, officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, abbreviated as the USSR, was a socialist state in Eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991.

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In 1953, he threatened the use of nuclear weapons until China agreed to peace terms in the Korean War.

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China did agree and an armistice resulted that remains in effect.

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His New Look policy of nuclear deterrence prioritized inexpensive nuclear weapons while reducing funding for expensive Army divisions.

Deterrence theory is the idea that an inferior force, by virtue of the destructive power of the force's weapons, could deter a more powerful adversary, provided that this force could be protected against destruction by a surprise attack.

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