David Eisenhower

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David Eisenhower
David Eisenhower portrait - NARA - 194541.tif
Eisenhower in September 1973.
BornDwight David Eisenhower II
(1948-03-31) March 31, 1948 (age 70)
West Point, New York U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materAmherst College (B.A.)
George Washington University (J.D.)
OccupationAuthor, professor
Known forGrandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower
eponym of Camp David
Spouse(s)
Julie Nixon (m. 1968)
Children3, including Jennie Eisenhower
Parent(s)

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 the 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[edit]

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 Barbara (Thompson) and John 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.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Eisenhower graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1966. He received his B.A. degree 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.[2] During this time, he was an officer on the USS Albany in the Mediterranean Sea.[3] He then earned his J.D. degree cum laude from The George Washington University Law School in 1976.[4]

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,[5] 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,[6][7] author,[4] 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.[4]

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.[4][8]

He is the host of a Public Television series called "The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower," distributed by American Public Television.[9]

Personal life[edit]

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 U.S. congressman Fred Grandy.[10][11]

David Eisenhower was Julie Nixon's civilian escort when she was presented as a debutante to high society at the prestigious International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City in 1966. Many other members of the Eisenhower and Nixon families have been presented as debutantes at the International Debutante Ball, including their daughter Jennie.[12][13]

Eisenhower and his wife Julie live in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.[14] They have three children: actress Jennie Elizabeth Eisenhower (b. 1978);[15] Alexander Richard Eisenhower (b. 1980);[16] and Melanie Catherine Eisenhower (b. 1984). They also have three grandchildren.

In popular culture[edit]

Eisenhower, due to his connection with Julie and President Nixon, was the main inspiration behind the Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Fortunate Son" (1969).[17] The song's author and singer, John Fogerty, wrote:

'Fortunate Son' wasn't really inspired by any one event. Julie Nixon was dating David Eisenhower. You'd hear about the son of this senator or that congressman who was given a deferment from the military or a choice position in the military. They seemed privileged and whether they liked it or not, these people were symbolic in the sense that they weren't being touched by what their parents were doing. They weren't being affected like the rest of us.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Camp David" at Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home" site. Says "Ike re-named it "Camp David" in honor of his grandson David Eisenhower." Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  2. ^ TIME Magazine, February 9, 1970.
  3. ^ snopes (18 December 2015). "Is Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Fortunate Son' About Al Gore? : snopes.com". snopes.
  4. ^ a b c d "David Eisenhower, Grandson of 34th President, to Address Misericordia Commencement Ceremony" (Press release). Misericordia University. April 9, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
  5. ^ "Dan Mitrione, un maestro de la tortura".
  6. ^ "Lindback and Provost's Awards: 2003 Winners — Provost's Award: David Eisenhower". Almanac. University of Pennsylvania. April 22, 2003. Archived from the original on September 20, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
  7. ^ "David Eisenhower is named recipient of the Provost's Award for Distinguished Teaching". The Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania. April 18, 2003. Archived from the original on June 13, 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
  8. ^ "History (Winners & Finalists)". The Pulitzer Prizes. Columbia University. Retrieved November 13, 2008.
  9. ^ "The Whole Truth With David Eisenhower - Television Series".
  10. ^ Kunen, JAMES S. (December 16, 1985). "Iowa-Born Actor Fred Grandy, Alias Love Boat's Gopher Smith, Plots a Course for Washington". People. Vol. 24 no. 25. New York: Time Inc. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  11. ^ "Portrait of Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower with Maid of Honor and Best Man". Getty Images. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  12. ^ Yazigi, Monique. "The Debutante Returns, With Pearls and Plans". NY Times. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  13. ^ Yazigi, Monique. "The Debutante Returns, With Pearls and Plans". New York Times. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  14. ^ Bennett, Kitty (2012-12-22). "Where Are They Now? Julie and David Eisenhower". AARP Bulletin, December 22, 2010. p. 1. Retrieved from http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/history/info-12-2010/where_are_they_now_julie_and_david_eisenhower.html.
  15. ^ David Eisenhower on IMDb
  16. ^ "'Going Home to Glory': Portrait of a general, president, and grandfather". philly-archives.
  17. ^ "Is Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Fortunate Son' About Al Gore?". Urban Legends Reference Pages. Snopes.com. Retrieved August 25, 2006.
  18. ^ Fogerty, John (2015). Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music. With Jimmy McDonough. Little, Brown. p. 190. ISBN 0316244562.

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