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Dwight D. Eisenhower as a cadet, United States Military Academy, West Point

Dwight D. Eisenhower graduated from West Point in 1915. Out of his extraordinary class of 164 cadets, more than a third achieved the rank of general.

Courtesy of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library

Dwight D. Eisenhower as a cadet, United States Military Academy, West Point

Preparing Military Leaders

In 1802, Congress created the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, to train Army officers for national defense. Congress later established additional service academies. To ensure broad representation and experience, each state and congressional district is allotted a number of entrants. Military service academies have produced many distinguished leaders, including West Point graduate Dwight D. Eisenhower, who became supreme allied commander in Europe during World War II and the 34th U.S. president.