89. Dwight D. Eisenhower: From General to President

Dwight David Eisenhower was a two-term president who in office from 1953 to 1961. He was only president who served as a five-star general the U.S. Army. Eisenhower was the U.S. military Commander in the European Theater of Operations during War II. During his presidency, Eisenhower negotiated a in Korea, and worked hard to maintain the during the infamous Cold War with Russia.

Born Denison, Texas on October 14, 1890, Eisenhower excelled high school sports, and he received appointment to U.S. military academy at West Point. He began military career in North Africa, and by D-Day 1944, Eisenhower had risen to Supreme Commander in . He reached the rank of five-star general, which the highest rank in the U.S. Army.

Eisenhower as president of the prestigious, Ivy League school, University after the war, and decided to run president in 1952. He won a sweeping victory, took office in 1953. His greatest accomplishment during presidency was his handling of the Cold War. with Russia were strained before he took office, he quickly gained the Russian's confidence, and diplomatic replaced military posturing.

He was a moderate Republican favored a balanced budget and social programs. He former President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs help boost the economy, and championed education rights all Americans. Eisenhower intended to only serve one in office, but the Republican party was in of losing control of both the House and Senate. He was convinced to run in 1956, beat Adlai Stevenson in a landslide victory. One his greatest domestic moves was the development of interstate highway system, which created jobs, and stimulated economy.