• presidents,  Texas

    Dwight D. Eisenhower Birthplace in Denison, Texas

    David and Ida Eisenhower moved to Denison, Texas, in 1889 after David secured a job working for a Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad.  On Oct. 14, 1890, in a house owned by the railroad, Ida gave birth to Dwight David Eisenhower, the couple’s third of seven sons.  The family moved to Abilene, Kan., two years later, so Dwight did not realize his birthplace was Denison until contacted by local school principal Jennie Jackson while he oversaw U.S. military forces in Europe during World War II. After confirmation from Eisenhower’s mother, the Jackson led the efforts to purchase the house and preserve it.  Following his election to the presidency, the Eisenhower…

  • presidents,  Texas

    George H.W. Bush Library in College Station, Texas

    Following his presidency, George H.W. Bush selected the campus of Texas A&M University to be the home of his presidential library.  Although Bush did not have previous connections to College Station or the university, stories say that Michel T. Halbouty approached Bush about the idea shortly after the 1988 election.  In 1991, Bush informed the university’s board of regents that he wanted to build his presidential library in College Station. In addition to the presidential library, the university built a conference center that also houses an apartment for the Bushes to use when visiting and a building for the newly established George Bush School of Government and Public Service.  The…