“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” –  Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

1) Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. Before his presidency, Eisenhower served as the supreme commander of the allied forces in Western Europe and led the massive invasion of Nazi territory in Europe.

2) Though Eisenhower served 35 long years in the army, he never was in active combat, having been assigned to training duties during World War I and having become one of America’s top generals in World War II.

3) Eisenhower was someone who firmly opposed the use of atomic bombs against Japan as he believed the nation was almost at the verge of surrender.

4) After World War II he became president of the Columbia University and went on to become the first commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and eventually ran for president winning by a huge margin.

5) Eisenhower’s accomplishments include paving way for the formation of NASA, the US information agency, a permanent Civil Rights Commission, creation of the massive interstate highway system and addition of Alaska and Hawaii as states to the US.

6) Interesting facts about Eisenhower include him being the first president to have a pilot’s license, the first president to have appeared on color television and the only 20th century president who was bald.

7) While in office Eisenhower struggled with a lot of health issues including having to spend almost two months in hospital following a heart attack. Eight years after leaving office, Eisenhower died aged 78 in March 1969 due to a congestive heart failure.

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