Ike ’52: The Best known Candidate of All

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president-ike President Eisenhower

Dwight David Eisenhower was past 60 when he ran for President in 1952.

Ike: Boy to Man

ikesiblings Ike (far left), his parents, and his tight knit family of six fine boys.

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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