Download This Sample
This sample is exclusively for KidsKonnect members!
To download this worksheet, click the button below to signup for free (it only takes a minute) and you'll be brought right back to this page to start the download!
Sign Me Up
Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States (1953-1961). He promoted Atoms for Peace at the United Nations General Assembly to ease the tensions of the Cold War with the USSR. Below are some great facts on President Dwight D. Eisenhower or alternatively download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilize within the classroom or home environment.
- Dwight David Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas. He was one of the sons of David Jacob Eisenhower and Ida Elizabeth Stover. Young Dwight attended the Abilene High School in Kansas. After graduating, he worked at the Belle Springs Creamery to support his brother’s education through college.
- In 1911, he was accepted to West Point for free education and graduated after four years. On July 1, 1916, he married Mary “Mamie” Geneva Doud, with whom he had two sons.
- From 1918 to 1922, Eisenhower served as a trainer for tank crews in Camp Meade, Maryland. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel upon his service to the National Army. He transferred to the Panama Canal Zone under General Fox Conner until 1924. Eisenhower became an executive officer of General George C. Mosely from 1929 to 1933 after graduating from the Army War College.
- In 1935, he was appointed as the assistant military adviser of General Douglas MacArthur during the occupation in the Philippines. He stayed for four years before returning to the U.S.
- By 1941, as a General Staff in Washington, he was tasked with creating plans against Germany and Japan during WWII. The next year he accompanied the commanding general of the Armed Air Forces in assessing the situation in London. By mid-1942, he became the commanding general of the European Theater Operations.
- In November of the same year, Eisenhower was appointed as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Force of North African Theater of Operations. He oversaw the invasion of Sicily, Italy, and was successful in defeating the Axis forces under Operation Avalanche.
- In June 1944, Supreme Commander Eisenhower led the Allied assault on the Normandy coast, a watershed battle in liberating Western Europe from the Germans. After the war, he served as the Military Governor of the U.S. Occupation Zone in Germany.
- By November 1945, he was appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Army until 1948. After his service, Eisenhower became the President of Columbia University wherein he resigned after two years to become the Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO.)
- During the 1952 election, Eisenhower was nominated by the Republican Party as their Presidential candidate. He won with a landslide electoral vote and the majority of the popular vote.
Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Presidency
- On January 20, 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower took his oath as the 34th President of the United States at the East Portico, U.S. Capitol.
- President Eisenhower expanded the Social Security Act of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The New Deal programs catered more for Americans. It later created the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
- The “Atoms for Peace” address was delivered to the United Nations on December 8, 1953. It aimed to remind Russia to forestall the nuclear arms race after they detonated their first hydrogen bomb.
- Between April to June 1954, the Army-McCarthy hearings took place. The President opposed Joseph McCarthy in his search for communists in the federal government. By December, McCarthy would be censured by the U.S. Senate.
- On January 28, 1955, Congress approved the resolution regarding the defense of Taiwan and the Pescadores as proposed by Eisenhower.
- On May 17, 1954, racial segregation in public schools was found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. It was followed by the Interstate Commerce Commission, which banned segregation on interstate buses and trains on November 25, 1955. The court-ordered desegregation was enforced by the federal troops sent by Eisenhower to public schools in Little Rock, Arkansas in September 1957.
- In July 1955, Eisenhower attended the Geneva Conference along with the leaders from Great Britain, USSR, and France. The “Open Skies” was proposed, opening each air space for surveillance of military structures for nuclear weapons. The USSR rejected the proposal.
In May 1956, he authorized the deployment of U-2 spy planes over the territories of the Soviet Union for fear of nuclear weapons.
- During the 1956 elections, Eisenhower was re-elected for his second term. On September 9, 1957, he signed the Civil Rights Act into law. It ensured that all Americans, especially those of African lineage, exercise their right to vote. Penalties were imposed on those obstructing other people’s right to vote.
- On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, Eisenhower further developed Space technology in the U.S. In September, he signed the National Defense Education Act. It provided funding for science and technology research institutions.
- He signed the bill admitting Alaska as the 49th state and Hawaii as the 50th on July 7, 1958, and March 18, 1959, respectively.
- On January 3, 1961, ties with Cuba ended after Eisenhower tasked the CIA with training Cuban exiles and overthrowing Fidel Castro. From 1953 to 1954, he ordered the CIA to depose the leaders in Iran, Guatemala, and the Republic of Congo due to the spread of Communism.
Post-presidency and Death
- Even after retirement, President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson asked for his advice during their terms. He was granted a five-star General rank by President Kennedy when his commission was reactivated.
- In 1964, he went to Normandy for the 20th anniversary documentary of D-Day.
- In 1963 and 1965, a two-volume memoir was published commemorating his days in the White House. By 1967, the At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends was also published.
- Eisenhower spent most of his retirement years on his farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. By 1968, after surviving his first heart attack in 1965, Eisenhower was admitted to the
- Walter Reed Army Hospital until his death on March 28, 1969, due to congestive heart failure.
- On March 29, his body was transferred to the Bethlehem Chapel at Washington National Cathedral before it was brought to the U.S. Capitol the next day. By April 2, his casket arrived in Abilene, Kansas. Finally, he was interred in the chapel at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.
- In 1999, Congress created the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission to erect a national memorial for the former president in Washington, D.C. Architect Frank Gehry was chosen to design the memorial near the National Mall and across the National Air and Space Museum.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use President Dwight D. Eisenhower Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Dwight D. Eisenhower who was the 34th President of the United States (1953-1961). He promoted Atoms for Peace at the United Nations General Assembly to ease the tensions of the Cold War with the USSR.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Facts
- General Ike
- Eisenhower’s Travels
- Cold War Facts
- Open Skies
- Atoms for Peace
- Social Security Act
- Comparative Analysis
- Eisenhower Administration
- We Are One
Link/cite this page
If you reference any of the content on this page on your own website, please use the code below to cite this page as the original source.
Link will appear as Dwight D. Eisenhower Facts & Worksheets: https://kidskonnect.com - KidsKonnect, August 14, 2017
Use With Any Curriculum
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum. You can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.