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Harry S.Truman
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He made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which led to the end of World War II.
His started his career as a banker in Missouri.
He presided over the Korean War.
He approved the creation of NATO.


Harry S. Truman
(May 8, 1884 - December 26, 1972)

Life Facts

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First Lady: Elizabeth "Bess" Virginia Wallace Truman, Wife
Wife's Maiden Name: Elizabeth Wallace
Number of Children: 1
Education Level: High School
School Attended: Independence High School, (attended night classes at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law. Did not graduate.)
Religion: Baptist
Profession: Bank Clerk, Farmer, Soldier, Businessman, Politician
Military Service: Colonel

Public Service:
Dates of Presidency: 4/12/1945 - 1/20/1953
Presidency Number: 33
Number of Terms: 2
Why Presidency Ended: Retire
Party: Democratic
His Vice President(s): Alben William Barkley
Vice President For: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945-1945)
Senator: Missouri (1935-1945)
Other Offices: Judge of Jackson County (MO); Presiding Judge of Jackson County (MO)
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: Harry S. Truman Birthplace State Historic Site
Gravesite: Harry S. Truman Library
Library: Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Other Sites: Harry S. Truman National Historic Site

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Papers: Harry S. Truman Library - Independence, MO, 816-833-1400
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Harry S. Truman Life Portrait: From Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum - Independence, MO
 Guests included: Alonzo Hamby, author, Man of the People: A Life of Harry S. Truman; Larry Hackman, director, Truman Library and Museum; and Margaret Truman Daniel, President Truman's daughter Watch | Order Videotape
Truman's 1949 Inauguration Watch

Truman White House (Key West, FL) Watch

  Booknotes with David McCullough, Truman Watch

Korean War newsreel Watch

  Harold Gullan on the 1948 election Watch

President Truman uses camera to film the press Watch

  President Clinton on 50th anniversary of Truman presidency Watch

Mark Beveridge on Truman Library archives Watch
Panel discussion on Truman biographies Watch

Don Ritchie on Truman's Senate career Watch
Hugh Sidey on Truman and Eisenhower presidential vacations Watch

Margaret Truman Daniels (daughter) on memories of President Truman Watch

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