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Dwight David Eisenhower

34th President of the United States
(January 20, 1953 to January 20, 1961)

Nickname: "Ike"

Born: October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas
Died: March 28, 1969, in Washington, D.C.

Father: David Jacob Eisenhower
Mother: Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower
Married: Mary "Mamie" Geneva Doud (1896-1979), on July 1, 1916
Children: Doud Dwight Eisenhower (1917-21); John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower (1923- )

Religion: Presbyterian
Education: Graduated from U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. (1915)
Occupation: Soldier
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:

  • None

Presidential Salary: $100,000/year + $50,000 expense account

Presidential Election Results:



Popular Votes

Electoral Votes


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Adlai E. Stevenson




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Adlai E. Stevenson




Walter B. Jones



Vice President: tiny U.S. flag Richard M. Nixon (1953-61)


Secretary of State

John Foster Dulles (1953-59)

Christian A. Herter (1959-61)

Secretary of the Treasury

George M. Humphrey (1953-57)

Robert B. Anderson (1957-61)

Secretary of Defense

Charles E. Wilson (1953-57)

Neil H. McElroy (1957-59)

Thomas S. Gates, Jr. (1960-61)

Attorney General

Herbert Brownell, Jr. (1953-57)

William P. Rogers (1957-61)

Postmaster General

Arthur E. Summerfield (1953-61)

Secretary of the Interior

Douglas J. McKay (1953-56)

Frederick A. Seaton (1956-61)

Secretary of Agriculture

Ezra Taft Benson (1953-61)

Secretary of Commerce

Sinclair Weeks (1953-58)

Lewis Strauss (1958-59)

Frederick H. Mueller (1959-60)

Secretary of Labor

Martin P. Durkin (1953)

James P. Mitchell (1953-61)

Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Oveta Culp Hobby (1953-55)

Marion B. Folsom (1955-58)

Arthur S. Flemming (1958-61)

Notable Events:

Internet Biographies:

Dwight D. Eisenhower -- from The Presidents of the United States of America

Compiled by the White House.

Dwight D. Eisenhower -- from Table of Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States - MSN Encarta

An encyclopedia entry from MSN Encarta.

Dwight Eisenhower -- from The American President

From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.

Dwight David Eisenhower -- from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library

A brief biographical sketch highlighting the major accomplishments of the former president.

Dwight D. Eisenhower -- from Character Above All

From a PBS broadcast by the same name, this essay excerpt by Stephen Abrose discusses some of the issues and events that molded Eisenhower.

Historical Documents:

First Inaugural Address (1953)
Second Inaugural Address (1957)
Farewell Address (1961)

Media Resources:

From his 1953 inaugural address. (0:55)

RealAudio | MP3 (433K)

From the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University under the leadership of Dr. Maurice Crane.

Excerpt from a television interview broadcast near the end of Eisenhower's administration where the President comments on American attitudes towards deposed Cuban Dictator Batista. (0:17)

WAV (133K)

A speech on the geopolitical considerations of the war in Indochina relative to France and the United States. (0:55)

MP3 (871K)

Eisenhower's Presidential Farewell speech, more commonly known as his "Military / Industrial Complex" speech, it its entirety. (9:41)



A shocked Eisenhower reacts immediately after tiny U.S. flag Kennedy's assassination to reporters at the United Nations, 11/22/63. (5:01)



Audio & Video
The American Presidency Projects's Presidential Audio/Video Archive for Dwight D. Eisenhower site

Other Internet Resources:

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library

Information on the Abilene, Kansas library, along with biographical sketches of Eisenhower and his wife. This site is still under construction.

Eisenhower National Historical Site

Tourist information, history, a timeline of Eisenhower's life, and quotations from Eisenhower. Maintained by the National Park Service.




Dwight D. Eisenhower

34th President of the United States
(January 20, 1953 to January 20, 1961)


Mary "Mamie" Eisenhower