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Mr. President

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Thirty-Fourth President, 1953–1961

“When you
appeal to force, there’s one thing you must never do—lose.”

How Many Miles:
War hero Dwight D. Eisenhower obtained a truce in the Korean War and worked tirelessly to ease tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. During his second term, the United States added two states to the union: Alaska and Hawaii. Eisenhower also made it easier to drive around the "lower 48" states by signing legislation for the construction of the 42,000-mile interstate highway system. Eisenhower sent troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to assure that the schools would be peacefully desegregated, and ordered the complete desegregation of the Armed Forces. He wrote, “There must be no second class citizens in this country.”

 
Portrait by Thomas Edgar Stephens , 1947 . NPG.65.63 , Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery .

Fast Facts
Party: Republican
Date of Birth: Tuesday, October 14, 1890
Date of Death: Friday, March 28, 1969
Vice President: Richard M. Nixon
First Lady: Mamie Doud Eisenhower


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