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Senator Joseph L. Bristow's nomination of Dwight D. Eisenhower to West Point, October 28, 1910

With Senator Bristow’s backing, Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1911 after passing the admissions exam. Eisenhower went on to become a five-star general, one of the greatest military commanders of the twentieth century, and president of the United States.

Records of the Adjutant General's Office, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

Senator Joseph L. Bristow's nomination of Dwight D. Eisenhower to West Point, October 28, 1910

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.