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Dwight D. Eisenhower Biography

Title:
34th President of the United States
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty. To anyone who truly loves America, nothing could be more inspiring than to contemplate this rededication of our youth, on each school morning, to our country’s true meaning.

Especially is this meaningful as we regard today’s world. Over the globe, mankind has been cruelly torn by violence and brutality and, by the millions, deadened in mind and soul by a materialistic philosophy of life. Man everywhere is appalled by the prospect of atomic war. In this somber setting, this law and its effects today have profound meaning. In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.”

Speech, June 14, 1954

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President of the United States, 1953-1961
  • Supreme Allied Commander Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), 1949-1952
  • President, Columbia University, 1948-1953
  • Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, 1945-1948
  • General of the Army, U.S. Army, 1944-1969
  • General, U.S. Army, 1943-1944
  • Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, 1942-1943
  • Major General, U.S. Army, 1942
  • Brigadier General, U.S. Army, 1941-1942
  • Colonel, U.S. Army, 1941
  • Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, 1936-1941
  • Major, U.S. Army, 1920-1936
  • British Order of the Bath
  • British Order of Merit
  • Belgian Order of Léopold
Education:
  • Westpoint, 1915
Other:
  • Born: October 14, 1890 in Denison, Texas
  • Died: March 28, 1969 in Washington D.C.
  • Married to Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower
  • Added “under God” to Pledge of Allegiance on June 14, 1954
Quoted in:
  1. Is the Pledge of Allegiance a Religious Exercise?
  2. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?