HARRY S. TRUMAN
by John T. Marck
Term- April 12, 1945 to January 20, 1953
Birth: Lamar, Missouri, May 8, 1884.
Marriage: Independence, Missouri, June 28, 1919 to Elizabeth (Bess) Virginia Wallace, who was born in Independence, Missouri, February 13, 1885. Bess died in Independence, Missouri, October 18, 1982 and is buried at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Independence, Missouri.
Children: Margaret (1924- ).
Home: "Truman House", Independence, Missouri.
Education: Graduated from public high school.
Occupation before Presidency: Railroad timekeeper; bank clerk; farmer; haberdasher.
Military Service: Missouri National Guard; Captain in 129th Field Artillery (1918-1919)
Pre-Presidential Offices: County Judge for Eastern District of Jackson County, Missouri; Presiding Judge, County Court, Jackson County, Missouri; U.S. Senator; Vice President.
Age at Inauguration: 60
First Administration: Vice President: None, Inauguration April 12, 1945, The White House, Washington, D.C.
Second Administration: Vice President: Alben W. Barkley of Kentucky, Inauguration January 20, 1949, The Capital, Washington, D.C.
Occupation after Presidency: Writer
Death: Kansas City, Missouri, December 26, 1972
Cause of Death: Debility at age 88.
Place of Burial: Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Independence, Missouri.
To end the War, Truman decided to use atomic bombs against Japan. Thousands of people died in the total destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6 and 9,1945, thus saving many thousands of Allied servicemen when Japan surrendered a few days later.
Truman was straight-talking, and took on great responsibilities without complaint. A sign on his desk read "The Buck Stops Here".
Truman was the only President whose middle initial was merely an initial. It represented a concession for the names of his maternal and paternal grandfathers; Solomon Young and Anderson Shippe Truman.
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