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Dwight David Eisenhower: A Chronology of His Life and Career

When World War II began in 1939, Dwight D. Eisenhower was a little-known Lieutenant Colonel. Four years later, he became Supreme Commander of the Allied armies in Europe. He united these armies into a fighting force that smashed Nazi Germany's dream of world conquest. He subsequently served as the first military commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In 1953, Eisenhower became the first Republican President in 20 years.

Dwight David Eisenhower

Oct 14, 1890   Born in Denison, Texas.
1892 a very young Dwight Eisenhower Moved with his family to Abilene, Kansas
1909 Eisenhower's High School Portrait Graduated from high school.
1915 Cadet Eisenhower played football while at West Point Graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
July 1, 1916 Lieutenant Eisenhower on his wedding day Married Mamie Geneva Doud.
1918   Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his work as commander of the tank training center at Camp Colt, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
1922-1924   Served as executive director of Camp Caillard in the Panama Canal Zone.
1926 Major Eisenhower Comes Home For A Visit Graduated as a Major from the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
1928   Graduated from the Army War College in Washington, D.C.
1933   Became an aide to General Douglas MacArthur.
1941 General Dwight D. Eisenhower Promoted to Colonel, then to Brigadier General.
1942   Named commanding general of American forces in the European Theater of Operations.
1943   Named supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe.
June 6, 1944 General Eisenhower talks to troops before D-Day Led the Allied invasion of Europe.
1945   Named Army Chief of Staff.
1947 57th Birthday Celebrated his 57th birthday.
1948 Eisenhower as President of Columbia University Became president of Columbia University.
1950   Named supreme commander of NATO forces in Europe.
1950 The Only Private Home the Eisenhowers Ever Owned Bought a farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
1952 Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon celebrate their 1952 nominations Elected President of the United States.
1954   The Eisenhower Museum was dedicated in Abilene.
1956   Re-elected President.
1958 1958 Underwent his annual physical examination.
1959 Library Dedication Ground was broken for the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene.
1961   Retired to his farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
1965   Suffered a mild heart attack.
1968 Former President Eisenhower Celebrates His 78th Birthday Suffered four heart attacks.
Mar 28, 1969   Died in a hospital in Washington, D.C.

Notes and Trivia

Eisenhower was named David Dwight at birth, but his parents almost always called him Dwight; by the time he reached high school he had reversed his names.

In grade school, Dwight's older brother Edgar was nicknamed "Big Ike" and Dwight became "Little Ike." How the Eisenhower brothers' classmates came up with the "Ike" moniker is not known, but Dwight continued to be called "Ike" most of his life.

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