Harry S. Truman 33 President 1945-1953 Michelle S.
Introduction • Born: Lamar, Missouri on May 8, 1884 • Died: Kansas City, Missouri on December 26, 1972 • Date Elected: 1945, he was 61 • Political Party: Democrat • Fact: Loved to read in the library, liked the author Mark Twain
Early Life • Mother: Martha Young Truman • Father: John Anderson Truman • 1890: He got diphtheria so he quit school and went to summer school. He learned so much in summer school he skipped third grade. He also moved to Independence, Missouri. • His favorite subject in high schoolwas history • He graduated in 1901 • Applied to the US military but he did not get in because of his poor eye site
Family Life • He married Elizabeth Wallace on June 28, 1919 • He had a baby girl named Mary Margret on February 17, 1924
The Election • He was the vice president for President Roosevelt until he died so Harry took his place without an election • The second time he was president he ran against Thomas Dewey • His vice president Alben W. Barkley • He won the election but people thought he lost because get got 303 electoral votes and Thomas Dewey got 189 electoral votes • It was a close race • It was the biggest upset in U.S. history
Significant Events • Dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9 and World War II ended • It was important because there was peace in the world after World War II ended
Life Accomplishments • He ended World War II • It was important because he made peace in the world
Interesting Facts • His parents could not agree on a middle name for Harry either Shippe or Solomon so the decided on S • By the age of 14 he read every book in the public library in Missouri • He was the first president to travel in an underwater submarine. • He was the first president to give a speech on TV.
Works Cited • Britannica Online School Edition • www.factmonster.com • Elston, Heidi M.D. Harry S. Truman. 2009.