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Portrait, Dwight David Eisenhower

Dwight David Eisenhower

34th President of the United States
(January 20, 1953 to January 20, 1961)

Nickname: "Ike"

Born: October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas
Died: March 28, 1969, in Washington, D.C.

Father: David Jacob Eisenhower
Mother: Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower
Married: Mary "Mamie" Geneva Doud (1896-1979), on July 1, 1916
Children: Doud Dwight Eisenhower (1917-21); John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower (1923- )

Religion: Presbyterian
Education: Graduated from U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. (1915)
Occupation: Soldier
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:

  • None

Presidential Salary: $100,000/year + $50,000 expense account

Presidential Election Results:
Year Popular Votes Electoral Votes
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 33,936,234 442
Adlai E. Stevenson 27,314,992 89
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 35,590,472 457
Adlai E. Stevenson 26,022,752 73
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Vice President: tiny U.S. flag Richard M. Nixon (1953-61)


Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles (1953-59)
Christian A. Herter (1959-61)
Secretary of the Treasury
George M. Humphrey (1953-57)
Robert B. Anderson (1957-61)
Secretary of Defense
Charles E. Wilson (1953-57)
Neil H. McElroy (1957-59)
Thomas S. Gates, Jr. (1960-61)
Attorney General
Herbert Brownell, Jr. (1953-57)
William P. Rogers (1957-61)
Postmaster General
Arthur E. Summerfield (1953-61)
Secretary of the Interior
Douglas J. McKay (1953-56)
Frederick A. Seaton (1956-61)
Secretary of Agriculture
Ezra Taft Benson (1953-61)
Secretary of Commerce
Sinclair Weeks (1953-58)
Lewis Strauss (1958-59)
Frederick H. Mueller (1959-60)
Secretary of Labor
Martin P. Durkin (1953)
James P. Mitchell (1953-61)
Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
Oveta Culp Hobby (1953-55)
Marion B. Folsom (1955-58)
Arthur S. Flemming (1958-61)

Supreme Court Appointments:

Chief Justice
Earl Warren (1953-69)
Associate Justice
John Marshall Harlan (1955-71)
William J. Brennan, Jr. (1956-90)
Charles Evans Whittaker (1957-62)
Potter Stewart (1958-81)

Notable Events:

Internet Biographies:

Dwight D. Eisenhower -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
Compiled by the White House.
Dwight D. Eisenhower -- from American Presidents: Life Portraits -- C-SPAN
Biographical information, trivia, key events, video, and other reference materials. Website created to accompany C-SPAN's 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.
Dwight Eisenhower -- from The American President
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.
Dwight D. Eisenhower -- from Character Above All
From a PBS broadcast by the same name, this essay excerpt by Stephen Abrose discusses some of the issues and events that molded Eisenhower.

Historical Documents:

First Inaugural Address (1953)
Second Inaugural Address (1957)
Farewell Address (1961)

Media Resources:

From his 1953 inaugural address. (0:55)
MP3 (433K)
From the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University.
A speech on the geopolitical considerations of the war in Indochina relative to France and the United States. (0:55)
MP3 (871K)
Eisenhower's Presidential Farewell speech, more commonly known as his "Military / Industrial Complex" speech, it its entirety. (9:41)
From Earthstation1.com
Audio & Video
The American Presidency Projects's Presidential Audio/Video Archive for Dwight D. Eisenhower site

Other Internet Resources:

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
Information on the Abilene, Kansas library, along with biographical sketches of Eisenhower and his wife. This site is still under construction.
Eisenhower National Historical Site
Tourist information, history, a timeline of Eisenhower's life, and quotations from Eisenhower. Maintained by the National Park Service.

Points of Interest:

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