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. Jason 7 says:

    So is he part English or not? And should he be said to be part Alsatian since thats a kind of transitional ethnic group between German and French?

    Also, all of his background could be said to be of the Pennsylvania Deutch/German “ethnic group”* (German, Swiss-German, Alsatian, other.

    *an ethnic group due to many generations of intermarriage (within that population) in the New World, kind of like Cajuns, various Creole peoples, Puerto Ricans etc.

    • Jason 7 says:

      Correction: I just read that his maternal side were pretty much all from Virginia, with indications of more recent arrivals from Europe. I do know, however, that many Germans and Swiss et al who ended up in the southeast started out as Pennsylvania Deutch. But then again, the Scots-Irish spread to the southeast after coming through Pennsylvania as well.

    • follers says:

      He wasn’t part English. His ancestor Daniel Stover was the son of Daniel Stauffer and Eva Albrecht, not of Boone relatives.

  2. Hadnodiner says:

    i love pure race.

  3. AutisticApe says:

    As someone who is a distant cousin of president Eisenhower (via the Stover line) and has done extensive genealogy research on that side of the family, there is one error that you made that I would like to point out. Eisenhower was of 1/128, not 1/64th English ancestry. His maternal third great grandfather, Daniel Stover, was the son of Abraham Stover and Sarah Boone FULMER. Sarah Fulmer was of German descent, the last name Fulmer being an anglicized from Volmar/Vollmar/Volkmar. Abraham Stover on the other hand, was the son of Jacob Stover (who was Swiss-German) and Sarah BOONE. Sarah was from Devonshire, England, and was Eisenhower’s 5TH, not 4th, great grandfather. They are easy to mix up however, being that both ancestors listed in genie as having “Sarah” and “Boone” in their name. They are completely different people, however.

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