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Key Dates

1944 Truman was elected Vice President.

1945 President Roosevelt died and Harry Truman becomes President.

1945 Truman decided to use the atomic bomb.

1948 The Soviet Union blockaded Berlin, Germany.

1950 The Korean War began.

1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected President.

1953 The Korean War ended.

1972 Harry Truman died.

Books I have read about Harry S. Truman.

Harry S Truman
1945 - 1953
33rd President

Harry S. Truman was born in Lamar, Missouri on May 8, 1884. He was the first President born in Missouri. The "S" in his name is the first letter in both of his grandfathers' names.

Harry Truman was the great-great-great nephew of President John Tyler

He was a Baptist.

He met his future wife Bess in Sunday school when he was six years old.

Harry Truman was 5' 11" tall and weighted about 185.

He was left handed.

He served in the military during WW I. He was a captain in a artillery unit. He was also the first president to take office during war time.

Harry Truman owned a men's clothing store with some other men. The store went bankrupt in 1921. He also failed as a farmer. (He was later voted one of the top ten best dressed congress men.)

A good piano player, Truman considered a career in music but went into politics.

As a congressman he gained fame but identifying waste in the U.S. Army.

Harry Truman became president when Franklin Roosevelt died. Truman was playing poker when he found out he was going to be president.

Harry Truman didn't have a Vice President during his first term. His Vice President was Alden Barkely. Barkley was the oldies man to become Vice President. He was 71 years old when he took the office.He had been Franklin Roosevelt's last VP, and the position was not filled until Truman was elected for his own term in 1948.

When he Truman ran against Dewey for president, the papers ran headlines after the election the Dewey had won. Truman won, but was the 15 president to not get the majority of the votes.

Dewey Wins


The train Truman used to campaign in 1948 was called the Ferdinand Magellan.

Truman enjoyed taking walks. He took a two mile morning walk at a pace of 128 steps per minute. (Give it a try!)

Truman was the first President to have his inauguration televised. He was the first President to give a speech on television. In 1951, he was part of the first Trans continental TV broadcast.


One day Harry Truman walked into the Green Room and looked down at the rug. Something bothered him about that rug--finally he realized that the head of the eagle on the presidential seal in the center of the rug was turned the wrong way. Instead of facing the olive branch, this eagle's head pointed toward the arrows. Promptly Truman ordered that the rug be re-stitched with the eagle's head turned the other way.

President Truman was very proud of his daughter Margaret who was a singer. He once was so mad about a bad review of his daughter that he wrote the newsman and said if they ever met he would the newsman would need a new nose. (Letter to the reporter)

The smartest boy in Truman's graduating class of 1901, Charles G. Ross, became Truman's press secretary.

Truman's Secretary of State won the Nobel Peace Prize.

President Truman was the only 20th Century president who did not attend college.

April 13, 1945 Truman's first day in office, Truman told reporters: "Boys, if you ever pray, pray for me now.."When they told me yesterday what happened, I felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me." (Roosevelt had died the day before that.)

President Truman was the first President to travel under water in a modern submarine. He was underwater for almost an hour at Key West.

He was the first president and the first American to have a Medicare Card. (Federal Health Insurance) He had card number one and his with Bess had card number two.

Description: Harry Truman, 1945.
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He made the decision to use the atomic bomb in WW II.

Harry Truman was President at the conclusion of WWII and during the Korean War - 1950-1953. Truman sent troops to Korea without the approval of Congress.

In 1948, President Truman ordered desecration of the armed forces.

During the Korean War he removed General Mac Arthur from command in Korea. Mac Arthur was very popular in the United States. Senate Taft said the Truman should be impeached for his action. People throughout the United States hated his decision. (Historian' agree that his action in firing Mac Arthur was the right decision.)

He was the first president to be paid $100,00.00 salary.

His "Fair Deal" program was all most totally defeated by Congress.

He escaped assassination on November 1, 1950. Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola tried to shoot their way into Blair House. A White House guard was killed and two others were wounded. See Assassinations for more detail.

Harry Truman would get up at 5 A.M. to practice the piano for two hours.

Bess never found a laundry she liked in Washington, so she sent the family's clothes back to Independence to be washed.

He had a pet goat named Dewey's Goat.

One of his most famous quotes was: "The buck stops here". He had a sign with that quote on his desk.

When the House of Representatives wanted to award him with a Congressional Medal of Honor. The former president refused saying he hadn't done anything to deserve it.

Truman served two years in the armed forces during WW I, ten years in the Senate, two months an twenty days as Vice President, and almost two complete terms as President. He served over 30 years in public service.

He reinstated the tradition of only being President for two terms.

Harry Truman died on December 26, 1972 in Kansas City, Mo. He was 88 years old.

Quotes from Harry Truman:

"There is always another crisis around the corner."1945

"If you can't convince them, confuse them."

“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose your own.”

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself.”

My favorite book about Truman is:

You may wish to visit the Truman Library. It is located in Independence, Missouri. I had the honor of visiting it and it is very well done. It will take about half a day for the tour.

Also, you may wish to visit the "Southern White House: "Harry S Truman Little White House Museum." I thought the tour guide made a few small errors, but it was a nice tour.



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The Presidents of the United States. 22 September 2004:

Davis, Gibbs and Ilus. David A. Johnson. Wackiest White House Pets. New York: Scholastic Press, October 2004

James, Barber and Amy Pastan. Smithsonian Presidents and First Ladies. New York: DK Publishing, 2002

Kane, Joseph Natan. Facts about the Presidents from Washington to Johnson. New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1964.

McCullough, Noah, The Essential Book of Presidential Trivia. Random House, USA, 2006

Pine, Joslyn, Presidential Wit and Wisdom: Memorable Quotes from George Washington to Barack Obama . Dover Publications, Mineola, New York, 2009

Huffington Post web site.

Lang, Stephen, The Complete Book of Presidential Trivia, Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, 2011

O'Reilly, Bill, and Dugard, Martin, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2011

St. George, Judith In the Line of Fire: Presidents' Lives at Stake , Scholastic Inc. New York, 2001

In addition to these books, I have also read and have used information from those listed on my Books About Presidents page.


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