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Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was an American military general and President. Eisenhower graduated from West Point and fought in World War I, and, during peacetime, worked his way up to the rank of brigadier general. When the United States entered World War II, Eisenhower was placed in charge of the invasion of Africa (working with Vesper George S. Patton), and was later given command of the final invasion of Europe, where he took France and Germany, ending the war in Europe. After the war, Eisenhower served as president of Columbia University before successfully running for President and winning two terms. Highlights of Eisenhower's presidency included the construction of the Interstate Highway System and American entry into the Space Race with the Soviet Union.