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During the presidential election of 1952, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower, also known as "Ike," ran against Democrat Adlai Stevenson. Stevenson suffered a crushing defeat by Eisenhower, who went on to become the 34th President of the United States after having served as a five star general for the United States Army during World War II. California Senator Richard Nixon served as his Vice President.
During his two terms in office from 1953-1961, Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, brought down the communist paranoia spread by Joseph McCarthy, created the Interstate Highway System, and brought America into the great Space Race against the Soviets. His presidency is often times characterized as a time of economic prosperity for the United States.