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David Eisenhower

David Eisenhower

American writer
The basics
Occupations Officer
Countries United States of America
Gender male
Birth March 31, 1948 (West Point, Highlands, Orange County, New York)
Father: John Eisenhower
Siblings: Mary Jean EisenhowerSusan Eisenhower
Spouse: Julie Nixon Eisenhower
Children: Jennie Elizabeth Eisenhower
Education Amherst College, George Washington University
Authority IMDB id ISNI id Library of congress id NNDB id VIAF id
The details

Dwight David Eisenhower II (born March 31, 1948) is an American author, public policy fellow, professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and eponym of the U.S. Presidential retreat, Camp David. He is the only grandson of 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the son-in-law of the 37th President of the United States Richard Nixon.

Early life

Eisenhower (age 12) poses with sign at presidential retreat named in his honor, 1960.

David Eisenhower was born on March 31, 1948, in West Point, Orange County, New York, to John and Barbara Eisenhower. His father was a U.S. Army officer, and his grandfather was future President of the United States of America, and former Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

His father would go on to be a brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. Ambassador to Belgium (1969–1971), and a renowned military historian. His grandfather would become president of Columbia University (1948–1953), and later the 34th President of the United States (1953–1961). After assuming the presidency in 1953, President Eisenhower named the presidential mountain retreat, formerly Camp Shangri-La, Camp David, after his grandson.

Education and career

Eisenhower graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1966. He received his B.A. in history cum laude from Amherst College in 1970. After college, he served for three years as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve. During this time, he was an officer on the USS Albany in the Mediterranean Sea. He then earned his J.D. cum laude from The George Washington University Law School in 1976.

He was at least loosely identified with the Nixon Administration, when he accepted a request to attend the funeral of Dan Mitrione in 1970, the operative whose activities in training Uruguayan police in torture techniques, when later publicized, caused profound controversy, although there has been no suggestion that Eisenhower had any knowledge of Mitrione's controversial activities.

He is today a teaching adjunct and public policy fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, author, and co-chair of the Foreign Policy Research Institute's History Institute for Teachers. From 2001–2003, he was editor of the journal Orbis published by FPRI.

Eisenhower was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1987 for his work Eisenhower: At War, 1943-1945—about the Allied leadership during World War II.

He is the host of a Public Television series called "The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower," distributed by American Public Television.

Personal life

Julie and David Eisenhower (age 23) in 1971.

On December 22, 1968, Eisenhower married Julie Nixon, the daughter of the 37th President of the United States, Richard Nixon, who served as Dwight Eisenhower's Vice-President. The couple had known each other since meeting at the 1956 Republican National Convention. The Reverend Norman Vincent Peale officiated in the non-denominational rite at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Eisenhower's best man was future The Love Boat actor and congressman Fred Grandy.

Eisenhower and his wife Julie live in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. They have three children: actress Jennie Elizabeth Eisenhower (b. 1978); Alexander "Alex" Richard Eisenhower (b. 1980); and Melanie Catherine Eisenhower (b. 1984). They also have three grandchildren: Kaia Marie Eisenhower (b. 2007); Chloe Cheslock (b. 2013); and Kaeden Brian Eisenhower (b. 2013).

In popular culture

The Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Fortunate Son" (1969) was inspired by the wedding of David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon. Songwriter John Fogerty thought that Eisenhower received preferential treatment because he was born into a famous family and married to the daughter of the President.

Family tree

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Mamie Doud
Richard Nixon
Pat Ryan
Doud Eisenhower
John Eisenhower
Barbara Thompson
Edward Cox
Tricia Nixon
Julie Nixon
David Eisenhower
Anne Eisenhower
Susan Eisenhower
Mary Eisenhower
Christopher Cox
Andrea Catsimatidis
Anthony Cheslock
Jennie Eisenhower
Alex Eisenhower
Tara Brennan
Melanie Eisenhower
Chloe Cheslock
Kaia Eisenhower
Kaeden Eisenhower


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