Josh CarterMrs. CarrollEnglish 11 period 6January 26, 2018 Dwight D. Eisenhower influenced the American life through many accomplishments while being the 34 President of the United States and a general in the US Army. One huge accomplishment while being a general in the army was in 1952 when he became the supreme Allied Commander of NATO. As President, Eisenhower made Alaska and Hawaii officially the 49th and 50th states of America. Dwight D. Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas. Dwight’s parents were David Eisenhower and Ida Eisenhower. David and Ida Eisenhower had seven sons with Dwight being their third child. The Eisenhower family moved back to Abilene, Kansas, when Dwight was about two years old. After graduating from high school in 1909, Eisenhower became a part-time firefighter and worked in a creamery factory with his dad and uncle. Eisenhower helped pay his brother, Edgar, college tuition with the money he earned while working two jobs. “To the distress of his mother, a devout Mennonite and pacifist, young Ike (as he was known) won an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and graduated in the middle of his class in 1915″(Dwight D. Eisenhower History.com). After graduating from West Point Dwight was appointed as an second lieutenant. Dwight was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, when he met his future wife Mamie Doud. The first few years of Dwight’s military career the couple moved from military post to military post based in many different states. Mamie gave birth to her first son Doud Dwight in 1917. When WWII started Eisenhower was assigned to operate a tank for a training camp located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In 1920 Eisenhower was promoted to the rank major. In 1924 Dwight applied to the Army’s prestigious graduate school and was accepted. Dwight graduated and was number one in his class in 1926. After serving under various generals Dwight was promoted to major general in 1942. One of the biggest battles that Eisenhower commanded was on June 6, 1944, D-Day. In December of that year Dwight was promoted to five-star general. “In 1952 Eisenhower retired from active service and returned to Abilene to announce his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination”(Dwight D. Eisenhower Biography.com). ” Eisenhower’s slogan for the Presidential election was “I Like Ike.” “According to family members, every son of David and Ida Eisenhower was called “Ike” at some point in their childhood”(Dwight Eisenhower). Dwight’s old brother Eager was referred to as “Big Ike” and Dwight was called “Little Ike’. Eisenhower won the the election in 1952, and became America’s 34th President. As the 34th President of the United States, Eisenhower continued “His domestic policy picked up where Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and Harry Truman’s Fair Deal programs left off.”(Dwight D. Eisenhower Biography.com). In 1953 Eisenhower signed an armistice that helped against conflicts with South Korea and North Korea. In the same year Eisenhower recited his famous speech “Atoms for Peace” at the United Nations General Assembly. The speech talked about how both Russia and the United States have recently both recently developed atomic bombs. Eisenhower suggested that they both use their atomic energy for peaceful uses, instead for bombs or warfare. Two years later Eisenhower met with British, Russian, and French leaders at Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the matter further. In the meeting Eisenhower proposed another policy called “Open Skies”. The policy want the United States and the Soviet Union would be able to conduct air inspections of each other’s military programs. The Soviet Union disagreed on the proposal. However with the help of John Foster Dulles the Secretary of State, Eisenhower was able to strengthen The North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO) and created the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) to help defend against communist expansion. As the 34 President of the united states Eisenhower was helped to deterred conflicts with the Communist Block through his New Look policy, strengthened the Social Security program, increased the minimum wage, created the Department of Health, created the Interstate Highway System, and increased Education and Welfare. “Poised to leave office in January of 1961, Eisenhower gave a televised farewell address where he warned the nation against the dangers of the Cold War “military-industrial complex””(Dwight D. Eisenhower Biography.com). After Eisenhower left office he moved to a farmhouse in Gettysburg with Mamie. President Kennedy reactivated Eisenhower commision of being a general. Eisenhower passed away on March 28, 1969, in the Walter Reed Hospital from heart-related illness. Eisenhower had two funerals, one at the nation’s capital and one in his hometown Abilene, Texas.Works Cited”Dwight D. Eisenhower.” Biography.com, A Networks Television, 6 June 2017, www.biography.com/people/dwight-d-eisenhower-9285482 “Dwight Eisenhower.” Dwight Eisenhower, presidenteisenhower.net/ History.com Staff. “Dwight D. Eisenhower.” History.com, A Television Networks, 2009, www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/dwight-d-eisenhower Reeves, Thomas C. “Dwight D. Eisenhower.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 11 Jan. 2018, However, with.com/biography/Dwight-D-Eisenhower.