Dwight D. Eisenhower Legacy

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Bringing to the presidency his prestige of commanding general of the Allied Forces in Europe and obtaining a truce during the Korean War to ease tensions during the Cold War. He did this all within two terms . (1953- 1961) Born in Texas in 1890, brought up in Abilene, Kansas, Dwight D. Eisenhower was the third child of SEVEN sons, SEVEN! He was excellent at sports in high school, and received an appointment to West Point. Stationed in Texas as a Second lieutenant he met his future wife Mamie Geneva Doud. They got married in 1916. In his early army career, he excelled at staff assignments, serving under Generals John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur, and Walter Kruger. After Pearl Harbor, General Marshall called him to Washington for a war plans…show more content…
The Russians greeted the proposal with silence, but were so cordial throughout the meeting that tensions relaxed. Suddenly in September, 1955, Eisenhower suffered a heart attack in Denver, Colorado. After several weeks of rest and recovery. He was elected for his second term as President.
In domestic policy the President pursued a middle course, continuing most of the New Deal and Fair Deal programs, emphasizing a balanced budget. As desegregation of schools began, he sent troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to assure compliance with the orders of a federal court; he also ordered complete desegregation of the armed forces. “There must be no second class citizens in this country,” he wrote.
Eisenhower concentrated on maintaining world peace. He watched with pleasure the development of his “Atoms of Peace” program the loan of American uranium to “Have not” nations for peaceful purposes. Before he left office in 1961, for his farm in Gettysburg, he urged the necessity of maintaining an adequate military Strength, but cautioned that, long-continued military expenditures could breed potential dangers to our way of life. He ended his presidency with a prayer for peace “in the goodness of time.” Both themes remained timely and urgent after he left office. Dwight D. Eisenhower died on March 28, 1969 after fighting a serious
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