Dwight D. Eisenhower

34th US President

birthdate: October 14
Denison, Texas

General Dwight David Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during World War II and became the 34th President of the United States in 1953. This hero in war was also a hero in peace. Shortly after taking office as President, he chose the path of a diplomat instead of general to help negotiate an end to the Korean War with a personal visit to the UN forces in Korea. During the Cold War he made several overtures to Russian leaders to calm hostilities between the two superpowers, including negotiating the first nuclear arms agreement. Eisenhower gave aid to Third World countries to help stabilize their political institutions and development. He believed that stable governments and prosperity was the key to peace within these nations, which would contribute to peace around the world. In 1956, Eisenhower created People-to-People, a citizen ambassador program that continues to this day to promote peace between nations by promoting understanding between cultures. In his farewell address to the nation in 1961, President Eisenhower warned the nation to be cautious about allowing the military-industrial complex to have too much influence in the government, and to instead always work for the ideals of peace and freedom. His warning and advice is all too relevant today.

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