Dwight D. Eisenhower

official portrait photo of Dwight D. Eisenhower c. 1959 by the White House, Eisenhower Presidential Library

Birth Name: Dwight David Eisenhower

Date of Birth: October 14, 1890

Place of Birth: Denison, Texas, U.S.

Date of Death: March 28, 1969

Place of Death: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Ethnicity: German [including Swiss-German]

Dwight D. Eisenhower was an American politician and general. As a member of the Republican Party, he served as the 34th President of the United States, from January 20, 1953 to January 20, 1961. He was elected to the position in 1952 and 1956. He was also the 16th Chief of Staff of the Army, from November 19, 1945 to February 6, 1948, the 13th President of Columbia University, from 1948 to 1953, and the 1st Supreme Allied Commander Europe, from April 2, 1951 to May 30, 1952. He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1944 and 1959.

President Eisenhower was the son of Ida Elizabeth (Stover), from Virginia, and David Jacob Eisenhower, from Pennsylvania. His ancestry was German [including Swiss-German and Alsatian German]. He was married to Mamie Geneva (Doud), with whom he had two children. His great-granddaughter is actress Jennie Eisenhower.

He is one of two U.S. Presidents with no ancestral roots in the British Isles, along with Martin Van Buren, who was of Dutch descent, and who was President, from March 4, 1837 to March 4, 1841.

President Eisenhower’s paternal grandfather was Jacob Frederick Eisenhower (the son of Frederick Eisenhower and Barbara/Barbary Miller). President Eisenhower’s grandfather Jacob was born in Elizabethville, Dauphin, Pennsylvania. President Eisenhower’s great-grandfather Frederick was the son of John/Johann/Johan Peter Eisenhauer/Eisenhaur/Eisenhower, who was born in Forbach, Lorraine, France, and of Anna/Ann Margaret Dissinger/Deisinger, who likely was born in Gersweiler, near Saarbrucken, Germany. Barbara was the daughter of John Miller and Susanna/Susannah Raysor.

President Eisenhower’s paternal grandmother was Rebecca E. Matter (the daughter of Henry/Heinrich Matter and Anna/Ann Mary/Marie Dietrich). Rebecca was born in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Henry was the son of John/Johann Michael Matter, whose father was born in Alteckendorf, Alsace, France, and of Anna Maria/Marie/Mary Romberger. President Eisenhower’s great-grandmother Anna was the daughter of Jacob Dietrich and Anna Magdalena/Magdalene.

President Eisenhower’s maternal grandfather was Simon P. Stover (the son of Daniel Stover, Jr. and Mary Hannah). Simon was born in Augusta County, Virginia. Daniel was the son of The Rev. Daniel Stover, whose father emigrated from Muckenhauserhof, Ibersheim, Germany. The original family surname was Stauffer.

President Eisenhower’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Juda Link (the daughter of William Link and Esther Charlotte Schindler). Elizabeth was born in Augusta County, Virginia. William was the son of Peter Link, who had roots in Grossgartach, and Biberach, Germany; and of Judith Burkett/Burckhart/Burckhardt/Burkhardt. Esther was the daughter of Adam Schindler and Christina Quirin/Query, whose father was born in Wolfskirchen, Alsace, France.

Sources: Genealogies of President Eisenhower – http://www.geni.com

28 Responses

  1. savanna says:

    “Ida Link’s mother — Elizabeth Link (Eisenhower’s maternal grandmother) has no known family tree:

    Why are her parents listed as “unknown”?

    She’s a genealogical dead end. But no one is a genealogical dead end unless someone wants them to be.

    She was born in Mount Sidney, Virginia,[1] the only daughter of Elizabeth Ida Juda Link and Simon P. Stover.

    Here’s the problem: In Mount Sidney to this day there are both black families and white families with the surname “Link”.. Many years ago, a black researcher discovered that Ida’s mother was from the black Links a fact washed away in time by two things:

    1. Her mother died when she was five years old.

    2. She went to live with a white family after.

    3. She moved to Kansas while in her teens.

    4. She married a white man.”

  2. bearboy says:

    President Eisenhower is of Irish heritage.

  3. Freerk says:

    President Eisenhower’s maternal grandparents (or at least his ancestors born in Germany) are pretty sure spelled Stöver (like Stoever, if you want); that is a common Northern German name.

    “Eisenhauer” (from Eisen = iron; hauen = to beat, hit) in German is another word for Smith – a man who hits iron.

  4. follers says:

    Did President Eisenhower have any ancestry that wasn’t German (or at least Swiss-German)?

    I thought he might have had a bit, but I’m not so sure.

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