The city of Denison was founded in 1872 and was named after George Denison, Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad vice president. Since the town was originally established in conjunction with the MKT depot, it was a big commercial center during the 19th century. Denison is famous as a city that saved the European wine industry during the mid-19th century phylloxera epidemic. A local grape breeder T. V. Musons managed to create phylloxera-resistant wine grape rootstocks. Also, local wineries are considered to be among the best in the state. However, for modern Americans, the city is best known as the birthplace of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the USA.