A Mennonite General and President?

Ok, what do YOU think?  Was he a general and president with Mennonite roots?  hmmm  From my research, it doesn’t sound definite.

From: “Dwight D. Eisenhower” article on Wikipedia.com website (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_D._Eisenhower; viewed 1 December 2005):

Eisenhower’s family originally belonged to the local River Brethren sect of the Mennonites. However, when Ike was five years old, his parents became followers of the WatchTower Society, whose members later took the name Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Eisenhower home served as the local WatchTower meeting Hall from 1896 to 1915, when Eisenhower’s father stopped regularly associating due to the WatchTower’s failed prophesies that Armageddon would occur in October 1914 and 1915. Ike’s father received a WatchTower funeral when he died in the 1940s. Ike’s mother continued as an active Jehovah’s Witness until her death. Ike and his brothers also stopped associating regularly after 1915

Source: Jerry Bergman, Ph.D (Northwest State College, Ohio). “Why President Eisenhower Hid His Jehovah’s Witness Upbringing” in JW Research Journal, vol. 6, #2, July-Dec., 1999.
URL: http://www.premier1.net/~raines/eisenhower.html
See also:http://www.eisenhower.utexas.edu/listofholdingshtml/listofholdingsJ/jehovahwitnessesabilenecongregation.pdf

It is commonly reported even in authoritative works about President Eisenhower that he was raised as a River Brethren by parents that were active in the River Brethren church. In fact, Dwight D. Eisenhower was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, a [group] commonly called Russellites or Bible Students until 1931. His mother was active in the [group] from 1895, when Dwight was five years old, until she died. Eisenhower’s father was also an active member, although after 1915 he eventually no longer considered himself a Witness.

Eisenhower’s mother was a strong pacifist, a position traditionally associated with a belief that she belonged the River Brethren. See:

From: Peter Roberts, “Dwight David Eisenhower” page in “God and Country” section of “Science Resources on the Net” website (http://www.geocities.com/peterroberts.geo/Relig-Politics/DDEisenhower.html; viewed 29 November 2005):

Dwight D. Eisenhower, official photo portrait, May 29, 1959.jpg


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