Compatriot President: Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
33rd President of the US
As Vice President, Harry S. Truman became the 33rd President from 1945 to 1954 succeeding Franklin D. Roosevelt. Truman was born in Lamar, MO, on May 8, 1884. He was working on the family farm at the outbreak of World War I when his National Guard unit was called to active duty. He saw action in France and was discharged as a Captain.
After the war, Truman operated a clothing store in Kansas City, MO, which failed. He then entered politics and was elected county judge. In 1934 he was a US Senator from Missouri. He served effectively in the Senate until he was selected as the Vice President Candidate for President Roosevelt’s fourth term.
Upon completing his second term in office in 1953, President Truman returned to Independence, MO, and wrote his memoirs.
Harry Truman’s Revolutionary War ancestor was Lieutenant James Holmes of the 2nd Regiment of the Virginia Militia, who served from 1777 to 1781.
At Truman’s home in Independence, MO, President General Lee Young Smith presented the former President with his membership certificate, the SAR Membership Insignia Badge, and the SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal.
President Truman died in Kansas City, MO, on December 26, 1972 at the age of 88. He is buried at the Truman Library in Independence, MO.