Presidential Spotlight: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sign for the Interstate Highway System, saluting President Dwight Eisenhower, who initiated the system in the 1950s

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

Born: October 14, 1890
Died: March 28, 1969

Dwight David Eisenhower was an inspiring military leader, best-selling author, head of Columbia University, and president of the United States. As the top American general and later Allied Supreme Commander in the European theater, he directed Allied forces in World War II to victories in North Africa and Italy and coordinated the massive and successful D-Day invasion of France. Extraordinarily popular with both his soldiers and the American public, Eisenhower was twice elected to the presidency, where he led the United States with determination and purpose during the difficult early years of the Cold War. After his retirement from public life in 1961, Eisenhower continued to serve his country as an advisor to presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower first presidential inauguration primary source set January 20, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower second presidential inauguration primary source set January 21, 1957

Sent to Canal Zone” [Dwight D. Eisenhower] Evening Star (Washington, D.C.), 09 Dec. 1921

Don’t join the book burners remarks from Dwight David Eisenhower June 14, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower image set

The Bonus Army March online exhibition item (Bonus army primary source collections)

Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bob Hope online exhibition items

Dwight D. Eisenhower political cartoons

Eisenhower as strategist : the coherent use of military power in war and peace February, 1993 study prepared for the U.S. Army War College Fourth Annual Conference on Strategy

Ike and USIA, a Symposium recalling the president’s creation of the U.S. Information Agency 1998

Foreign Affairs Oral Histories mentioning Dwight D. Eisenhower

U.S. legislation related to Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1973 on

POTUS: Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

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