|Name||John S. D. Eisenhower|
, Maryland , United States
|| August 03, 1922
|Died||December 21, 2013
Mar 31, 2019 05:50pm
|Info||John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower is a retired U.S. military officer and the author of several books of military history. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium from 1969–1971. |
Eisenhower was born to future U.S. President and World War II-era general Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie. The younger Eisenhower, like his father, attended the United States Military Academy, graduating on June 6, 1944, the very day of the epic Normandy landings his father was commanding.
John Eisenhower served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War, later attaining the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve. A decorated soldier, Eisenhower found his World War II military career thwarted by fears for his safety and concern from the top brass that his capture would be an unwanted distraction to his father, the Supreme Allied Commander.
During his father's presidency, Eisenhower served as Assistant Staff Secretary in the White House, on the Army's General Staff, and in the White House as assistant to Gen. Andrew Goodpaster. In the administration of President Richard Nixon, who had been his father's Vice President, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium. In 1972, President Nixon appointed Eisenhower Chairman of the Interagency Classification Review Committee.
Eisenhower's greatest achievements have come as a military historian. Several of his books have proven popular with readers and reviewers alike. His best-known history, The Bitter Woods, is perhaps the definitive study of the Battle of the Bulge. So Far from God is a highly regarded history of the Mexican War.
Eisenhower lives in Trappe, Maryland after moving there from Kimberton, Pennsylvania. He married Barbara Jean Thompson on June 10, 1947. They divorced in 1986. The Eisenhowers had four children including 3 daughters and a son, Dwight David, who married Julie Nixon, herself a presidential daughter. In 1988, Eisenhower married Joanne Thompson.
A life-long Republican, Eisenhower became independent and voted for Democrat John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election, citing Republican incumbent George W. Bush's mismanagement of U.S. foreign policy.
As of 2008, the 86-year-old Eisenhower is the both oldest living Presidential child and child of the earliest-serving president.