Dwight Eisenhower’s career as a person of influence culminated in his election as President of the United States of America. However, he reached this success because of what he achieved as a military man. Here are some interesting facts about him.
1. He came from a religious family, his mother being born a Lutheran, marrying as a River Brethren, and joining the International Bible Students Association later on.
2. Eisenhower graduated from West Point in 1915. During World War I, he requested to serve in Europe. However, he was denied and instead he was made to handle a unit that was responsible for training tank crews.
3. After WWI, he found himself under the service of very notable generals. By 1941, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General himself.
4. When U.S.A. entered World War II, Eisenhower headed the operations that resulted in successful invasions of North Africa, Sicily, France, and Germany.
5. By 1951, he became the first Supreme Commander of NATO.
6. In 1952, Eisenhower entered the presidential elections as a Republican. His two main objectives were to contain the expansion of the Soviet Union, and to reduce the nation’s federal deficits.
7. Eisenhower was an influential world leader too. In the Suez Crisis of 1956, he condemned the Israeli, British and French invasion of Egypt, and he had a hand in their eventual withdrawal.
8. He was voted as Gallup’s Most Admired Men a total of 12 times, and to this day, he is still widely considered as one of the greatest presidents to ever lead America.