Harry S. Truman (1884 – 1972)

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Life in Brief: Harry S. Truman became President of the United States with the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 12, 1945. During his nearly eight years in office, Truman confronted enormous challenges in both foreign and domestic affairs. Truman's policie… more life in brief »

Essays about Harry S. Truman

About His Administration

First Lady
Bess Truman
Vice President
Alben W. Barkley
Secretary of the Navy
James V. Forrestal (1945–1947)

Facts about Harry S. Truman

Term
:
33rd President of the United States (1945 – 1953)
Born
:
May 8, 1884, Lamar, MO
Political Party
:
Democrat
Died
:
December 26, 1972
Nickname
:
"Give ’Em Hell Harry"
Religion
:
Baptist
Marriage
:
June 28, 1919, to Elizabeth “Bess” Virginia Wallace (1885–1982)
Children
:
Mary Margaret (1924–2008)
Career
:
Farmer, Businessman, Public Official
Buried
:
Independence, MO
Writings

Memoirs (2 vols., 1955-56)


No government is perfect. One of the chief virtues of a democracy, however, is that its defects are always visible and under democratic processes can be pointed out and corrected.
March 12, 1947
As Americans, we believe that every man should be free to live his life as he wishes. He should be limited only by his responsibility to his fellow countrymen.
June 29, 1947

Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Alonzo L. Hamby

Professor Hamby is a Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio University. His writings include:

For the Survival of Democracy: Franklin Roosevelt and the World Crisis of the 1930s (Free Press, 2004)

Man of the People: A Life of Harry S. Truman (Oxford University Press, 1998)

Beyond the New Deal: Harry S. Truman and American Liberalism (Columbia University Press, 1973)

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