Interesting Facts About Harry S. Truman

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• Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States of America, is the son of Mr. John Anderson Truman and Mrs. Martha Ellen (Young) Truman. Truman was born on 8th of May, 1884 in the town of Lamar at Missouri. He had a younger brother named Vivian and a younger sister named Mary Jane. During Harry Truman’s childhood he reads history and literature books, dreamt of becoming a soldier, and during this time he also learned how to play the piano.

• Truman’s Middle Initial
Harry Truman has a middle initial S but he doesn’t have any middle name. His middle initial was inherited by his paternal grandfather, Anderson Shipp Truman, and his maternal grandfather, Solomon Young, which both has the letter S in their name. His middle initial made much controversy in whether to add a period after the letter S or not.

• Truman’s Education
Truman graduated at William Chrisman High School located at Independence, Missouri. However, because of financial problems of his family, they cannot afford the costs if Harry attended a four-year course in college. He tried to enter West Point because it offers a free education that can be accessible by the poor, but he failed because of his poor eyesight, thus making Harry unable to have a college degree.

• First Lady
Harry Truman had a childhood friend named Virginia (Bess) Wallace, who later became his wife. They graduated together at William Chrisman High School. Truman’s first marriage proposal in 1911 was a failure but still the love remains to them. They were married in 1919 and Bess Wallace gave birth to their one and only daughter named Mary Margaret five years later.

• Missouri National Guard
Harry Truman, at the age of 33, volunteered to serve the Missouri National Guard from 1905 to 1911. In 1917, the United States of America joined the World War I, Harry helped to establish the 2nd Regiment of Field Artillery, which was immediately called to Federal Service to fight as the 129th Field Artillery and has been sent to France. He and his units had their part in the battles of Vosges, Saint Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne Campaign. He joined the reserves and when he tried to serve the country again in World War II, he was rejected by General George C. Marshall, the army chief of staff.

• Long Debts
After his career of being a soldier, Harry married his wife, Bess Wallace, and established a business (Hat Shop). His business failed during the Great Depression in 1922. Harry Truman owed over $20,000 to his creditors.

• Interest in Politics
Harry Truman first show interest in politics when he ran for office of a powerful Kansas city politician, Tom Pendergast. He was elected as a judge to the post of Eastern District Judge for Jackson Country. Truman was responsible for the country’s budget and employment.

• Senator Truman
Harry Truman was elected at the United States Senate in 1934. He had a huge part for making laws such as the Aeronautics Act of 1938 and the Transportation Act of 1940. Harry was reelected for his 2nd term in the senate, and led a committee for the investigation of National Defense Program preventing too much expense in the army.

• The 33rd President
Harry Truman was picked by Franklin D. Roosevelt to be his running mate and when Roosevelt was reelected he became his Vice President. After the unexpected death of Roosevelt in the 82nd day of Truman’s job as a Vice President, he replaced the position and became the 33rd US president.

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