Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Historical Wednesday - President Harry S Truman

Harry S Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953).

He was born on May 8, 1884, in Lamar, Missouri and died December 26, 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945, Vice President Truman succeeded to the Presidency.

Highlights of Truman's administration include:
Atomic Bomb, United Nations, Marshall Plan, Cold War, Fair Deal, creation of the U.S. Air Force and the CIA, Berlin Airlift, NATO, McCarthyism, Korean War, firing of Douglas MacArthur, "The buck stops here" and "If you can't stand the heat, you better get out of the kitchen." Truman recognized the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, eleven minutes after it declared itself a nation.

The Harry S Truman Presidential Library (pictured on left) located in Independence, Missouri, is dedicated to preserving papers, books, and other historical materials relating to the President.
 
Both Harry and his wife, Bess, are buried on the grounds of the Library.

A section of the Truman Library's website is devoted to Genealogy.

When Truman received "inquiries from people interested in his family genealogy, he usually referred them to Miss Mary Ethel Noland, who served as the family historian. Truman found humor in his cousin's fascination with the subject. For example, in 1946 when a friend raised a question about the President's kinship to another family of Trumans, the President replied that he did not pay too much attention to these things, but that his cousin Ethel Noland was a 'nut on the subject'."

"Miss Noland eventually compiled hundreds of pages of letters, family lore, and other genealogical data that comprise the most complete record of Truman family genealogy. The material is now in the collections of the Truman Library, along with information donated by other Truman family researchers."

 

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