Harry S. Truman
33rd President of the United States
(April 12, 1945 to January 20, 1953)
Nickname: "Give 'Em Hell Harry"
Born: May 8, 1884, in Lamar, Missouri
Died: December 26, 1972, in Kansas City, Missouri
Father: John Anderson Truman
Mother: Martha Ellen Young Truman
"Bess" Virginia Wallace (1885-1982), on June 28, 1919
Children: Mary Margaret Truman (1924- )
Education: Attended the University of Kansas City Law School
Occupation: Farmer, public official
Political Party: Democrat
Other Government Positions:
Presidential Salary: $75,000/year (increased to $100,000 +
$50,000 expense account in 1949)
- Judge on Jackson County Court, 1922-24
- Presiding Judge of Jackson County Court, 1926-34
- United States Senator, 1935-45
- Vice President, 1945 (under F.D.
Presidential Election Results:
Vice President: Alben
W. Barkley (1949-53)
- Secretary of State
R. Stettinius, Jr. (1945)
- James F. Byrnes
- George C.
G. Acheson (1949-53)
- Secretary of the Treasury
- Henry Morgenthau, Jr.
M. Vinson (1945-46)
- John W. Snyder (1946-53)
- Secretary of War
L. Stimson (1945)
- Robert P. Patterson (1945-47)
- Kenneth C. Royall (1947)
- Secretary of Defense
V. Forrestal (1947-49)
- Louis A. Johnson (1949-50)
- George C.
- Robert A. Lovett (1951-53)
- Attorney General
- Francis B. Biddle (1945)
- Thomas C. Clark (1945-49)
- J. Howard McGrath (1949-52)
- Postmaster General
- Frank C. Walker (1945)
- Robert E. Hannegan (1945-47)
- Jesse M. Donaldson (1947-53)
- Secretary of the Navy
V. Forrestal (1945-47)
- Secretary of the Interior
L. Ickes (1945-46)
- Julius A. Krug (1946-49)
- Oscar L. Chapman (1950-53)
- Secretary of Agriculture
- Claude R. Wickard (1945)
P. Anderson (1945-48)
- Charles F. Brannan (1948-53)
- Secretary of Commerce
- Henry A.
- William Averell Harriman (1946-48)
- Charles Sawyer (1948-53)
- Secretary of Labor
- Frances Perkins
- Lewis B. Schwellenbach (1945-48)
- Maurice J. Tobin (1949-53)
Notable Events:Compiled by the White House.
Truman -- from The
Grolier Online has created this
resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana.
Contains a full biography, written by Richard S. Kirkendall of Indiana
University, along with suggestions for further reading.
Truman -- from The
From the PBS series The American President, this biography covers his early
life, his presidency, and his legacy. Also includes quotations, links to other
websites, and lesson plans.
S. Truman -- from DiscoverySchool.com
Complete biography powered by World Book Online.
Harry S. Truman --
from the Harry S. Truman Presidential
Library & Museum
A complete biography with a list of books for further reading.
Harry S Truman
Commemoration -- by Robert H. Ferrell
A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Truman's presidency. A complete
biography with photographs.
Truman -- from Character
From a PBS broadcast by the same name, this essay excerpt by David
McCullough discusses some of the issues and events that molded Truman.
S. Truman -- from The
Presidents of the United States of America
From the Vincent Voice
Library at Michigan State University under the leadership of Dr. Maurice
Other Internet Resources:
- From his 1949 inaugural address. (1:14)
Harry S. Truman National Historic
The house where Truman lived from 1919 to his death is located in
Independence, Missouri. The Truman Farm House, where Harry grew up, is located
in Grandview, Missouri. Both are located in the Kansas City metropolitan area
and both are part of the Truman NHS. Maintained by the National
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
Located in Independence, Missouri, this site contains an exhibit hall, press
room, educational resources, and of course the papers of the former president.
Points of Interest:
out the reason why and the reason to use the period.
- There has been considerable controversy regarding the use of a period
after the S in Truman's name.