Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Dwight David Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas, on October 14, 1890. His father was David Jacob Eisenhower from Elizabethville, Pennsylvania. He was a creamery mechanic, storekeeper, manager of a gas company, and a director of employee savings for group public utilities. Dwight’s mother was Ida Elizabeth Stover from Mount Sidney, Virginia. Both parents were descended from German and Swiss immigrants who had come to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Ida married David on September 23, 1885, in Hope, Kansas. Together they had seven children, all of them being boys. Dwight was the third born of these seven.

While Dwight was still a baby him and his family moved to Abilene, Kansas. During his time in high school Dwight excelled in sports. His classmates gave him the nickname of “Little Ike” to separate him from “Big Ike,” Dwight’s older brother, Edger. In their high school yearbook the students predicted Dwight becoming a history professor and Edgar becoming the President of the United States, interestingly.

Dwight graduated in 1909, from Abilene High School.

Dwight then received an appointment to West Point through Senator Joseph Bristow of Kansas. Dwight played football at West Point but a knee injury forced him to sadly quit the team. At West Point he was then commissioned second lieutenant of infantry and assigned to the 19th Infantry, San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on June 12, 1915.

One year later on July 1, he married a lovely woman who they called “Mamie.” Her name was Marie Geneva Doud and she was from Boone, Iowa. Together they had two children, one who only loved to be three: Dwight Doud Eisenhower. John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower was born in 1922, two years after his brother’s death.

In 1918, Dwight commanded 6,000 men at a Tank Training Center...