Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (October 14, 1890-March 28, 1969) was the thirty-fourth president of the United States, from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe; he had responsibility for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942-43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944-45 from the Western Front.
In a small Kansas town 40 years ago, a reasonably strong case could be put up in favor of leaving school early. Most of us knew our lives would be spent on the farm or in one of the local stores or at the creamery or elevator. The quickest road to practical knowledge was to do. Fortunately, we came of stock that set the school on the same plane as the home and church; the value of education had been bred into us.