Born on October 14, 1890, Eisenhower was raised in the heartland of America in Abilene, Kansas. Receiving an appointment to West Point, Eisenhower rose quickly through the military ranks. During World War II, he commanded the Allied Forces in North Africa and successfully oversaw the D-Day Normandy invasions of over 160,000 troops that led to allied victory in 1945.
Hailed as a war hero, he became President of Columbia University followed by serving as Supreme Commander of NATO. After winning the presidency in 1952, Eisenhower brought an end to the Korean War and focused on maintaining world peace in the era of the hydrogen bomb. He left office a champion for freedom and democracy, believing in and representing the values of service and sacrifice to one’s country.