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1961 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Dwight D. Eisenhower*

Thirty-fourth President of the United States

"America is truly the land of opportunity for all its citizens."

Dwight Eisenhower was only a year old when his family moved from Texas to Abilene, Kansas. His father worked at Belle Springs Creamery while he and his five brothers performed regular chores and found odd jobs in the village. After he graduated from high school in 1909, Eisenhower worked in a creamery to help his family and send money to his brother Edgar at law school. He and his brother switched off going to school so that both boys could get an education. In 1911, he received an appointment to West Point. He graduated in 1915 and served as a lieutenant at a tank-training camp near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he later made his home. During World War II, he became Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces. In the post-war years he headed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He was elected 34th President of the United States, serving two terms, from 1952 to 1960.

* Deceased