"Indeed, I think that
people want peace so much that one if these days governments had better get
out of the way and let them have it."
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radio and television broadcast with Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, London
Aug. 31, 1959
Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower
Born in Denison, TX. Military general and 34th President of the United
States. He graduated from West Point in 1915. In World War I, Eisenhower was
commanding officer at Camp Colt, Gettysburg, PA. After the war he was
stationed (1922–24) in the Panama Canal Zone, and was assistant executive
(1929–33) in the office of the Assistant Secretary of War. 1942, General
Eisenhower was named U.S. commander of the European theater of operations.
1944, he was made general of the army (five-star general), and in 1945 he
commanded the U.S. occupation forces in Germany. Later in that year he
became chief of staff of the U.S. Army. He resigned as chief of staff in
1948 to become president of Columbia University. In1950, he become Supreme
Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR), negotiating commitments from member
countries to build up the forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization,
he retired from active duty in 1952 to campaign for the Republican
presidential nomination. Eisenhower easily won the election over his
Democratic opponent, Adlai E. Stevenson, and took office on Jan. 20, 1953.