Dwight D. Eisenhower
Boyhood Home, Library, and Museum – Abilene, Kansas
Dwight David Eisenhower was our thirty-fourth president, inaugurated on January 20, 1953, and leaving office on that same day in 1961. I plan a longer post on Eisenhower and his Republican presidency so will keep this one short.
Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas but at age 2 moved with his family to Abilene, Kansas. He lived here until leaving for West Point (1911). The museum and library were dedicated in 1962 and house Ike’s personal papers and military history.
After the Axis surrendered, Ike served as Military Governor of the US Occupied Zone in Germany. In 1945 he returned to Washington DC as Chief of Staff of the Army. Fast forwarding past the presidency and Columbia University and the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Forces, Eisenhower was convinced to run for president as a Republican in 1952. He was re-elected in 1956.
Ike and Mamie bought their Gettysburg farm in 1950. Ike had a great interest in the Battle of Gettysburg and this was to serve as their retirement home. The house itself had to be gutted and virtually rebuilt due to age and deterioration. During his administration, the Eisenhowers used their Gettysburg farm as a ‘get away’ as well as a remote location for entertaining foreign diplomats.
Eisenhower died of heart disease in March 1969.