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 Foundation was established to restore the house. In 1958, the property was turned over to the state, which created the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site.