Dwight D Eisenhower
PUBLISHED: 13:34 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:12 04 April 2017
The Weston Mercury and Weston Town Council are giving you the chance to nominate which blue plaques will be installed in Weston-super-Mare first. Read these biographies and then cast your votes for your favourites.
Dwight David Eisenhower :: American president
October 14, 1890 to March 28, 1969
To date, Dwight D Eisenhower remains the only American President to have stood foot in Weston-super-Mare.
He was Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces when he arrived on Weston soil towards the close of World War Two. He stayed in the town overnight in 1944, en-route to the D-Day landings.
The town was filled with American servicemen when he arrived, and the officers were billeted to Weston’s hotels. Those of lower rank slept in tents in Ellenborough Park.
Far from throwing around his rank and choosing to stay in one of the resort’s hotels, Eisenhower opted to sleep in a caravan, parked near the water tower in Weston Woods.
Following the war, he became the first Supreme Commander of NATO and served as President of the United States from 1953-1961, during which time he put an end to the Korean War.
Eisenhower’s stay is a fleeting moment in Weston’s history. Nonetheless, many will be willing to walk to the water tower to see the place where one of America’s Presidents once slept under the stars.