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1953: Dwight Eisenhower is President and he sits for his official portrait

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General Dwight D. Eisenhower Eisenhower was the chief general in charge of the US forces during World War II, and later went on to be President. This photo was taken a year after victory over Axis forces in WWII. Karsh would go on to photograph Eisenhower as President and in his retirement, where he delighted in showing Karsh the oil painting that he was working on of Churchill for which he used Karsh’s portrait as a source. Date: 1946. Photographer: Yousuf Karsh.


Dwight Eisenhower’s parents on their wedding day in 1888. | It is said that Dwight D. Eisenhower's mother, Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower was a woman of color. Eisenhower's maternal grandfather carried the surname of Link, there being only two Links families in the Virginia town they originated in ~ a black one and a white one. Many years ago, a black researcher discovered that Ida’s mother was from the black Links, a fact washed away in time.


March 28, 1969: President Eisenhower dies in Washington D.C., at the age of 78. Pictured above, Eisenhower graces the cover of the April 17, 1950 issue of LIFE Magazine


39th wedding anniversary - Mamie and Dwight Eisenhower July 1, 1955 outside their home in Gettyburg, PA.


From Traces of Texas: Since it is his birthday and all, Dwight Eisenhower's rather remarkable 1912 West Point graduation portrait. He was a handsome, clean cut young lad! I wonder if you would have told him at that point how his life was going to end up if he would have ever believed you.