Eisenhower in September 1973
Dwight David Eisenhower II
March 31, 1948
|Alma mater||Amherst College (B.A.)|
George Washington University (J.D.)
|Known for||Grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower|
eponym of Camp David
Julie Nixon (m. 1968)
|Children||3, including Jennie Eisenhower|
Dwight David Eisenhower II (born March 31, 1948), is an American author, public policy fellow, professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and eponym of the U.S. Presidential retreat, Camp David. He is the only grandson of the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the son-in-law of the 37th president of the United States, Richard Nixon.
David Eisenhower was born on March 31, 1948, in West Point, Orange County, New York, to Barbara (Thompson) and John Eisenhower, the only son and eldest of four children. His father was a U.S. Army officer, and his grandfather was Dwight D. Eisenhower, future president of the United States of America, and former Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War II.
His father would go on to be a brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve, United States Ambassador to Belgium (1969-1971), and a renowned military historian. His grandfather would become president of Columbia University (1948-1953), and later the 34th president of the United States (1953-1961). After assuming the presidency in 1953, President Eisenhower named the presidential mountain retreat, formerly Camp Shangri-La, Camp David, after his grandson.
Eisenhower graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1966. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history cum laude from Amherst College in 1970. After college, he served for three years as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve. During this time, he was an officer on the USS Albany in the Mediterranean Sea. He then earned his J.D. degree cum laude from The George Washington University Law School in 1976.
He was at least loosely identified with the Nixon administration, when he accepted a request to attend the funeral of Dan Mitrione in 1970, the operative whose activities in training Uruguayan police in torture techniques, when later publicized, caused profound controversy, although there has been no suggestion that Eisenhower had any knowledge of Mitrione's controversial activities. He is today a teaching adjunct and public policy fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, author, and co-chair of the Foreign Policy Research Institute's History Institute for Teachers. From 2001-2003, he was editor of the journal Orbis published by FPRI.
He is the host of a Public Television series called "The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower," distributed by American Public Television.
On December 22, 1968, Eisenhower married Julie Nixon, the daughter of President Nixon, who served as Dwight Eisenhower's vice president. The couple had known each other since meeting at the 1956 Republican National Convention. The Reverend Norman Vincent Peale officiated in the non-denominational rite at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Eisenhower's best man was future The Love Boat actor and U.S. congressman Fred Grandy.
David Eisenhower was Julie Nixon's civilian escort when she was presented as a debutante to high society at the prestigious International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City in 1966. Many other members of the Eisenhower and Nixon families have been presented as debutantes at the International Debutante Ball, including their daughter Jennie.
Eisenhower and his wife Julie live in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. They have three children: actress Jennie Elizabeth Eisenhower (b. 1978); Melanie Catherine Eisenhower (b. 1984); and Ezra Richard Eisenhower (b. 1988). They also have three grandchildren.
Eisenhower, due to his connection with Julie and President Nixon, was one inspiration for the Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Fortunate Son" (1969). The song's author and singer, John Fogerty, wrote:
'Fortunate Son' wasn't really inspired by any one event. Julie Nixon was dating David Eisenhower. You'd hear about the son of this senator or that congressman who was given a deferment from the military or a choice position in the military. They seemed privileged and whether they liked it or not, these people were symbolic in the sense that they weren't being touched by what their parents were doing. They weren't being affected like the rest of us.