Dwight David Eisenhower was past 60 when he ran for President in 1952.
Ike: Boy to Man
There is virtually nothing in the early years of Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969) that would point to the glories of his maturity. He was a farm boy, one of six fine, strapping sons born to a Pennsylvania-German family, who had relocated to Abilene, KS.
They weren’t poor, but they were far from rich. Ike went to school, did chores and grew up like millions of corn-fed boys. He was a middling student, more diligent than brilliant, and more interested in sports or learning to play poker than anything.
His years at West Point were satisfactory, but not brilliant. The good-news, bad-news was that he made the football team and was the star player. Briefly. He injured his…
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