Profile of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
Despite the Korean War, Eisenhower
Hi, I'm Zach Toombs with About.com, with a look at former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.Dwight Eisenhower was born in 1890 in Denison, Texas. As an infant, his family moved to Kansas. In 1911, he went to West Point, after which he commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry.During World War I, Eisenhower was commander of a training center. In 1935, he served in the Philippines. In June of 1942, during World War II, he was appointed commander of U.S. forces in Europe. Other notable positions include:He served as President of Columbia University from 1948-1953, and for part of that time he was also Supreme Commander of NATO. But ahead of the 1952 campaign, a "Draft Eisenhower" movement began in an effort to him to run for president.With the campaign slogan "I Like Ike" and an anti-Communism, anti-governmental waste agenda, he beat Senator Robert Taft for the nomination and went on to best Democrat Adlai Stevenson in the general election. He served two terms as the 34th President of the United States.Despite the Korean War Eisenhower presided over a time of relative peace.Among his presidential accomplishments, he signed the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960 into law, and sent federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation of local schools.Also seen during the Eisenhower administration:After Eisenhower's retirement in 1961, he moved to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to write his autobiography.In March of 1969, he died of congestive heart failure at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. Today, he frequents many historians' lists of top ten U.S. presidents.That's a look at former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Thanks for watching, and be sure to check out About.com for more.