Memorable Quotations from Harry S. Truman

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By Jim Dell


Memorable Quotations from Harry S. Truman
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Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) was the 33rd president of the United States. He was born in Lamar, Missouri and grew up on a farm near Independence, Missouri. Truman served in World War I and saw action on the battlefield. He married Elizabeth (Bess) Wallace in 1919; they had one daughter, Margaret.

Active in local Democratic politics, he was elected United States senator in 1934 and reelected in 1940. Truman attained national distinction as chairman of a committee investigating government spending during World War II. In 1944, he was nominated for vice president and elected with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Roosevelt's death on April 12, 1945, propelled Truman into the presidency at the critical period of the final days of World War II. After the fighting in Europe ended on May 8, Truman sanctioned the use of the atomic bomb against Japan at Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9. On August 14, Japan surrendered.

Truman's domestic program, fundamentally an extension of President Franklin Roosevelt's “New Deal,” was obstructed by the revitalization of the Republicans, who gained control of Congress in 1946. Escalating frictions with the USSR caused the so-called “Cold War.” President Truman took progressively stringent positions. The Truman Doctrine of 1947 was targeted at shielding Greece and Turkey from Communist control. The Marshall Plan in 1947 was created to achieve the economic recovery of Western Europe. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization of 1949 was a multinational defense strategy.

Harry Truman won an astonishing victory over Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election. Foreign affairs also dictated his second term, principally United States participation in the Korean War. President Truman did not run for reelection in 1952 and instead retired to his home in Independence, Missouri. As President, his controversial deeds were his decision to use the atomic bomb, the "loss" of China to the Communists, and his sacking of General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War. He was widely respected for his plain talking and for his capability to make tough decisions.



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