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portrait of Harry S. TrumanHarry S. Truman: A Chronology of His Life and Career

Truman's strong personality and fighting spirit won him loyal friends and bitter enemies. Blunt and outspoken, he often lashed out with strong language at those who opposed him. His opponents said he was too undignified, while his friends loved him as a straightforward man of the people.

May 8, 1884   Born in Lamar, Missouri.
1901   Graduated from high school.
1906-1917   Ran the family farm at Grandview, Missouri.
1917-1919   Served in the U.S. Army during World War I.
June 28, 1919   Married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace.
1919-1921   Owned and operated a men's clothing store in Kansas City, Missouri.
1922   Elected judge of Jackson County, Missouri.
1926-1934   Served as presiding county judge.
1934   Elected to the United States Senate.
1941-1944   Served as chairman of the Truman Committee.
1944   Elected Vice-President of the United States.
April 12, 1945   Became President of the United States.
1948   Elected President of the United States.
1955   Published Year of Decisions.
1956   Published Trial and Hope.
June 5, 1957 Clifton Truman Daniel Grandson Clifton Truman Daniel was born.
July 6, 1957 Harry S. Truman Memorial Library The Harry S. Truman Memorial Library was dedicated in Independence, Missouri.
1958 1958 Vacationed in Europe.
April 19, 1959   Truman's birthplace in Lamar was dedicated as a state park.
December 5, 1959   Received the Four Freedoms Award of the United Italian American Labor Council.
December 26, 1972   Died in Kansas City, Missouri.

Note

Although Truman always signed his name as "Harry S. Truman" (with a period after the "S"), he did not have a "true" middle name. His parents, John Anderson and Martha Ellen Truman, could not initially decide what to name their son. When it came time to file a birth certificate with the county clerk (a month after the birth), they decided to name him "Harry S," in honor of his maternal uncle Harrison Young, maternal grandfather Solomon Young, and paternal grandfather Anderson Shippe Truman.

WEB SOURCES
Harry S. Truman National Historic Site www.nps.gov/hstr
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum
www.trumanlibrary.org

SEE ALSO
World War I

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