Harry S. Truman didn’t have much political background until being vice president and quickly becoming the 33rd president when Franklin D. Roosevelt died suddenly. Truman lived in Independence, Missouri on his family’s farm and was the first born of three children by mother Martha Ellen Truman and father John Anderson Truman. Harry S. Truman did not attend college. He worked during high school as a bookkeeper for a bank and timekeeper for a railroad construction company. When World War I started Harry S. Truman volunteered for the army. He organized the National Guard troop and was promoted captain. When he got back from the war he started his political life as a judge, senator, vice president and lastly president. He influenced the war in many political different ways while serving as president.
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Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president of the United States of America. He became president because Franklin D. Roosevelt died during his term; Truman was Roosevelt’s Vice President at the time. Truman found himself facing some of the greatest challenges met by any 20th-century president. He discovered in July 1945 that some scientists working for the United States government had successfully tested an atomic bomb in New Mexico. President Truman wanted to use the atomic bomb to end the war in the Pacific, but with fewest U.S. catastrophes. This decision was one of the most momentous decisions of the 20th century and extremely perplexing when analyzed.
Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri. Truman was a member of the National Guard. In 1917, his unit was called up into regular service during World War I. He served from August 1917 until May 1919. He was made a commander of a Field Artillery unit in France. In 1944, Truman became nominated for vice president against Henry Wallace, a very unpopular candidate for vice president to Franklin D. Roosevelt. On January 20, 1945, Truman was sworn in as Vice President of the United States. Sadly, his vice presidency only lasted for just 82 days before Roosevelt suffered a massive stroke. On April 12, 1945, Truman was brought up to govern the world, and to somehow end World War II.
Harry S. Truman, was the 33rd U.S. president (1945-1953). Harry S. Truman was born in Lamar, Missouri on May 8, 1884 to John Truman (1851-1914) who was a livestock trader and Martha Truman (1852-1947). Although Harry Truman has a middle initial S, it is not a specific name, it was chosen to honor his grandfathers. In 1890, the family of five decided to settle in Independence, Missouri where Harry attended school. Harry was a diligent student, but had very poor eyesight, which prevented him from playing sports. Harry graduated from high school in 1901 and his first job was a time keeper for a railroad construction contractor. He then became a clerk in two Kansas City banks. In 1906, Truman returned to Grandview to help with a family farm and
Truman’s accomplishments in his domestic policy were impressive, considering the hardships the nation was experiencing as World War II came to an end, and the resistance of Congress (which was greatly made up of Republicans and conservatives) to liberalism. The president was able to pas...
As the 33rd president of the United States Harry S. Truman served from April 12th, 1945 to January 20, 1953 his election in 1948 proved a close call and under his term he took on many challenges such as the end of world war 2, the beginnings of the arm race and the Cold War between the USSR, the Korean War, expanding social security, desegregating the military, and creating a economic agenda for post world war 2 America.
The Harry S. Truman Library was made to show Truman’s life before and after his Presidency as our thirty-third President. This museum had a lot of artifacts from Truman like his wife’s wedding shoes to political documents. The museum also tells about the events that were going on at the time while Truman was in office for example: picking up where Roosevelt left off, the Cold War, when he dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and another bomb on Nagasaki. Besides his Presidency the museum also talked about his earlier life as a family farmer, how he met Bess the love of his life and started a family, then his retirement.
Truman, also known as “Give ‘em Hell Harry”, took the oath of office April 12, 1945 at the age of sixty. In the same year, he employed the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This subject continues to be discussed as many disapprove of the president’s decision as it resulted in heavy civilian casualties. Those who approve of the bombings commend the president for his decision and the fact that it brought about the unconditional surrender of Japan and saved countless American lives. Important legislature signed by Truman includes the United Nations Charter in 1945, the “Truman Doctrine “Appropriation in 1947, the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949, and the Mutual Security Act of 1951. Truman also ordered United States ground forces to the aid of South Korea in 1950 when they were invaded by the communist North Korean army. The United States Air Force and Navy were also issued orders of attack. This officially entered t...
What does it mean to you when you hear ‘Visionary Leader’ or ‘Ethical Leader?’ Who do you think of? I reflected back on my career to determine what leaders I have worked for that match these statements. Once I begun to research leaders that would fit into both categories I came across someone that stood out to me: President Harry S. Truman. He was regarded as an honest, hardworking, ethical, and visionary leader dedicated to the betterment of the United States. He made ethical decisions based on the best interests of the American people, and he had a vision to transform the economy of the United States. Let’s take a look at some of the things that led me to believe that he was a visionary and ethical leader as well as how it relates to me.