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Dwight D. Eisenhower


"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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Attribution: radio and television broadcast with Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, London

Date: 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 (192224) in the Panama Canal Zone, and was assistant executive (192933) 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.

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