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Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site

Coordinates: 33°44′54″N 96°32′1″W / 33.74833°N 96.53361°W / 33.74833; -96.53361
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Eisenhower Birthplace
Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site in 2009
Eisenhower Birthplace is located in Texas
Eisenhower Birthplace
Eisenhower Birthplace
Eisenhower Birthplace is located in the United States
Eisenhower Birthplace
Eisenhower Birthplace
Interactive map showing Eisenhower Birthplace’s location
Location720 S. Lamar
Denison, Texas
Coordinates33°44′54″N 96°32′1″W / 33.74833°N 96.53361°W / 33.74833; -96.53361
Area0.35 acres (0.14 ha)
Builtcirca 1877 (1877)
Architectural styleCarpenter Gothic
WebsiteEisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site
NRHP reference No.16000718[1]
RTHL No.7359
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 11, 2016
Designated TSHS1958[2]
Designated RTHL1962

The Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site is located at 609 S. Lamar Avenue in Denison, Grayson County, in the U.S. state of Texas. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in the house on October 14, 1890, making him the first president of the United States to be born in Texas.


Eisenhower's military success as Supreme Allied Commander Europe during World War II prompted local Denison school principal Jennie Jackson to correspond with General Eisenhower. She inquired if he was from the Eisenhower family she remembered in Denison. His family had moved to Kansas when he was two years old, and until he received Jackson's letter, he was unaware he had been born in Denison. Eisenhower's mother Ida Elizabeth Stover was still alive at the time, and he put his mother in touch with Jackson. Upon hearing from Eisenhower's mother that this was indeed his birthplace, Jackson set about to raise funds to purchase the two-story frame house. After the purchase, the house was then donated to the city of Denison, Texas.[3] The museum was established in 1955.[4] After Eisenhower was elected President, the Eisenhower Foundation was formed in 1953 for restoration. The Foundation created a park by removing several other houses in the nearby vicinity, and doing landscaping improvements. In 1958, the restored home and surrounding park was donated to the State Parks Board. On January 1, 2008, the Eisenhower Birthplace was transferred from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to the Texas Historical Commission.[5]

The home was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1962.[2]


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  1. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Program: Weekly List". National Park Service. October 21, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Birthplace of Dwight D. Eisenhower". Atlas: Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved February 12, 2024.
  3. ^ Parent, Laurence (2008). Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites. University of Texas Press. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-292-71726-8.
  4. ^ "Birth home of former U.S. General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Denison, Texas". The Library of Congress. April 21, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2024.
  5. ^ Hart, Brian. "Eisenhower Birthplace State Historical Site". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved February 1, 2012.

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