Harry S. Truman became the thirty-third president of the United States from 1945 to 1954, having previously served as vice president and succeeding Franklin D. Roosevelt. Truman was born in Lamar, Missouri, 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 from service as a captain.
After the First World War, Truman operated a clothing store in Kansas City, Missouri, which failed. He then entered politics and was elected as a county judge. In 1934, he became a U.S. Senator from Missouri. He served effectively in the Senate until he was selected as the vice presidential candidate for President Roosevelt’s fourth term.
Upon completing his second presidential term in 1953, President Truman returned to Independence, Missouri, and wrote his memoirs.
Truman’s SAR 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, SAR President General Lee Young Smith presented the former U.S. president with his SAR membership certificate, SAR Membership insignia badge, and the SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal.
President Truman died in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 26, 1972, at the age of eighty-eight. He is buried at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri.