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0px ‘Times New Roman’; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 15.0px}span.s1 {font-kerning: none}span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre} “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S. Truman (Goodreads).

Harry S. Truman, a man of necessity, did what he thought he had to do, when he had to do it. From decisions such as the atomic bomb, to pulling the trigger in his time in combat, he was consistently making the tough decisions. Decisions that desperately needed to be made, but everyone else was afraid too. However, in order to know someone’s reasoning behind their actions, you have to get to know who they were. On May 8th, 1884, Harry S. Truman was born in the modest town of Lamar, Missouri.

He had a brother Vivian, and a sister Mary Jane. His parent’s names were John Anderson Truman, (Father), and Martha Ellen Young Truman, (Mother). In the year 1890 Harry’s parents relocated the family to Independence, Missouri, which held a population of 6,000 people at the time. As a child, Harry was a bit of an awkward kid.

He wanted friends so badly, but was uncomfortable with girls, older or younger. Also, as a result to his poor vision he also had to get glasses. He then developed a keen interest in reading and music. At the time Harry had even considered becoming a career pianist.  In 1901, Harry graduated from high school. He was known to be a very hard working student. He strongly desired to attend West Point, but due to his poor vision he was unable to do so. His father also struggled financially so he was unable to attend a four year university.

He ended up attending a business college located in Kansas City for a semester. However, due to his father’s poor finances, he had to drop out. In 1902, Harry starting working in the mailroom of Kansas City Star. Afterwards, he worked for a construction company and also as a bank clerk.

In 1905, Truman joined the National Guard. In 1906, Truman left to work on his family’s farm in Grandview, Missouri. He worked there with his father, and his brother Vivian.  In 1910, Harry began courting a girl who went by the name of Bess Wallace. A year later she refused his marriage proposal, but the relationship still continued. In 1914, Harry’s father died a tragic death, but this allowed Harry to leave the farm. The next few years he spent running a small mining company and he became a partner in the oil business.

In 1917, the United States was on the brink of entering World War I, so Harry reenlisted in the National Guard. After federalization, he became a member of the 129th Artillery Regiment. The military life was successful for Truman. He quickly rose to the rank of captain, running the regiment’s only successful canteen.

He also turned around his unit’s reputation. They were originally know for their unruliness and ineffectiveness, but he transformed them into a top notch unit. In March 1918, his regiment was sent to France. In August of that year, his unit saw their first action in the Vosges mountains. After his time in the service he moved back to Independence, Missouri. Later, he went on to marry Bess Wallace on June 28th, 1919. They went on to have one child, named Mary Margaret Truman. Shortly before the wedding, him and his friend opened a haberdashery in downtown Kansas City.

They had a brief amount of success, however, during the 1921 recession they went bankrupt. Harry S. Truman went on to be the 33rd President of the United States. However, this wasn’t always the case. Previously, before the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, which had resulted in Truman being made president, he was a vice president.

He was only a vice president for 82 days however, before he was made president. On April 12th, 1945, Harry Truman went on to become the President of the United States, and Alben W. Barkley became his vice president. He served an eight year term representing the Democratic Party.  He would still be representing them if he was alive today. He was made out to be heavily left side biased.

However, before he became Vice President and then President, he served as a senator and judge. During his time in the office, Truman went on to some amazing things for America. He was one of the deciding votes in the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency, (C.

I.A), and a few more agencies. During his time he also dropped an atomic bomb that resulted in victory for the U.S in World War II. While he wasn’t a very popular president to many, he was a very efficient president.  Harry S. Truman later died on December 26, 1972 from organ failure. In his time, Truman did many amazing things.

Mostly, he did the stuff that other men would be afraid to do. Doing whatever he could to protect America, the country he held so dear. By bringing victory to the U.S in war, peace in the after time, he sacrificed himself everyday for the people of America. He was also pro civil rights and promoted unity whenever he could. Due to his constant efforts to unify the people, he placed many stones on the foundation of America.



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