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born Dwight David EISENHOWER

34th President of the United States and five-star general in the United States Army

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


Eisenhower was born David Dwight Eisenhower, at 208 East Day Street in Denison, Texas, the first president born in that state. He was the third of seven sons born to David Jacob Eisenhower and Ida Elizabeth Stover, of German, English and Swiss ancestry. The house in which he was born has been preserved as Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site and is operated by the Texas Historical Commission.

He was named David Dwight and was called Dwight; he reversed the order of his given names when he enrolled at West Point Military Academy.

Eisenhower's paternal ancestors can be traced to Hans Nicolas Eisenhauer, whose surname is German for "iron worker"; in his autobiographic book, At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends, Dwight thought the name to mean "iron craftsman". Hans Eisenhauer and his family emigrated from Karlsbrunn (now Saarland), Germany, to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1741. Descendants travelled west. Eisenhower's family settled in Abilene, Kansas, in 1892. His father, David Eisenhower, was a college-educated engineer. Dwight graduated from Abilene High School in 1909.

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