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Interesting Facts about Dwight D. Eisenhower

Posted by admin on July 5, 2022
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Dwight Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States, coming before President Kennedy and after President Truman. As a result, President Eisenhower might be one of the lesser-known presidents of our time. Still, his legacy and impact on U.S. history are significant. 

 

However, we won’t be able to tell you about all the great things he has done. Still, we will be willing to share some of President Eisenhower’s most compelling and entertaining facts. 

Dwight D. Eisenhower Never Saw Actual Combat 

Eisenhower quickly rose to the ranks of the Army as an officer. He served in both World Wars but did not have to see actual combat. Instead, General Dwight Eisenhower became NATO’s first Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) during the events of World War 2. 

Dwight D. Eisenhower was an Avid Painter 

While he was president of Colombia University (another lesser-known fact), Eisenhower took up painting and drew portraits of past presidents like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. He even drew pictures of his wife! General Eisenhower was featured in a New York Modern Art exhibition in 1967.

“Ike” is the Eisenhower Family Nickname 

You might have heard President Eisenhower being addressed as “Ike.” The nickname applied not only to President Eisenhower but to the rest of his family.

A large portion of his family was called “Ike” by associates and friends, and he and his brothers were called the “little Ikes”. 

However, by the time he grew up, he was the only one still using the nickname.

Both Parties Wanted Eisenhower to Become President 

It’s true! Being a moderate and a World War hero, Eisenhower was sought after by both Democrats and Republicans to become their presidential nominee. However, it soon became a campaign over who could win Eisenhower over, and eventually, Eisenhower chose the Republican Party. 

Hawaii and Alaska Became States During His Presidency

A little-known fact is that the U.S. added two non-mainland states under President Eisenhower. For Hawaii, Eisenhower had to campaign on behalf of the state to gain statehood. Eventually, Congress approved. 

For Alaska, it was the opposite way around! Eisenhower feared Alaska would interfere with his plans to set up military defense close to the Soviet Union, but Congress won the battle. Alaska became a state! 

Eisenhower Returned to the Military After Serving as President

It’s true! Eisenhower liked being in the military so much that he returned under the leadership of his successor, President John F. Kennedy. He returned to his five-star General rank in the U.S. Army. He would serve until he died in 1969 at the age of 78 years.

His Grandson Married into the Nixon Family

That’s right. By marriage, President Eisenhower and notorious President Nixon are related, thanks to Eisenhower’s grandson, David, and Nixon’s daughter, Julia, marrying one another. Moreover, the marriage occurred while Richard Nixon was Vice President under President Eisenhower. Thus, the president and vice president were brought even closer together.

He Was Raised as a Jehovah’s Witness

His parents converted their whole family to become Jehovah’s Witness when Eisenhower was just a child. However, part of being a Jehovah’s Witness is being a pacifist. Still, considering Eisenhower’s line of work, that probably didn’t sit well for him. So he enrolled in the Army in his mid 20’s and belonged to no organized church until 1952.

Camp David was Named After His Grandson

Yep! Speaking about David Eisenhower, his grandfather loved him so much that President Eisenhower named Camp David after him. Eisenhower wanted to give the presidential retreat a more friendly and less formal name than the one he had previously used. As such, he started calling it Camp David. It is much easier to refer to than the Naval Support Facility Thurmont!

A Tough Man with a Friendly Side 

Most people who knew President Eisenhower knew him as a tough enforcer. Still, he also had a soft side, which can be seen in his love for painting and family. While he might not be the most notable president, Eisenhower left a lasting impact by desegregating schools, expanding Social Security, and establishing NASA. His influence is felt throughout the country that he served so well. 

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