Harry S. Truman

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Category: Politics

Born in 1884.

Countries: United States (66%), Missouri (6%), (5%)

Main connections: White House, Missouri, Franklin D. Roosevelt

Linked to: Democratic Party, Truman Committee, Freemasonry, Supreme Court of the United States

 

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Harry S. Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri, the oldest child of John Anderson Truman (1851–1914) and Martha Ellen Young Truman (1852–1947). add something


1891

Louis A. Johnson - "'Louis Arthur Johnson"' was the second United States Secretary of Defense, serving in the cabinet of President Harry S. Truman from March 28, 1949 to September 19, 1950


1897

Truman was the only president who served after 1897 without a college degree: poor eyesight prevented him from applying to West Point. add something


1901

After graduating from Independence, Missouri High School in 1901, Truman worked as a timekeeper on the Santa Fe Railroad, sleeping in "hobo camps" near the rail lines; he worked at a series of clerical jobs. add something

 

When his high school friends went off to the state university in 1901, Truman instead enrolled in a local business school, but only lasted a semester. add something


1905

At his physical in 1905, his eyesight had been an unacceptable 20/50 in the right eye and 20/40 in the left. add something


1906

He returned to the Grandview, Missouri farm in 1906 where he remained until entering the army in 1917. add something


1911

During this period, he courted Bess Wallace and proposed to her in 1911. add something

 

In 1911, he helped establish the Grandview, Missouri Lodge, and he served as its first Worshipful Master. add something


1919

At the war's conclusion, Truman returned to Independence, Missouri as a captain and married his girlfriend, Bess Wallace, on June 28, 1919. add something


1921

After a few successful years, the store went bankrupt during the recession of 1921. add something


1922

In 1922, Truman gave a friend $10 for an initiation fee for the Ku Klux Klan, but later asked to get his money back; he was never initiated, never attended a meeting, and never claimed membership. add something

 

In 1922, with the help of the Kansas City Democratic machine led by boss Tom Pendergast, Truman was elected as a judge of the County Court of the eastern district of Jackson County — an administrative, not judicial, position similar to county commissioners elsewhere. add something


1924

He was not reelected in 1924, but in 1926 was elected the presiding judge for the court, and was reelected in 1930. add something


1930

In 1930 Truman coordinated the 'Ten Year Plan,' which transformed Jackson County and the Kansas City skyline with new public works projects, including an extensive series of roads, construction of a new Wight and Wight-designed County Court building, and the dedication of a series of 12 Madonna of the Trail monuments honoring pioneer women. add something


1933

In 1933 Truman was named Missouri's director for the Federal Re-Employment program at the request of Postmaster General James Farley as payback to Pendergast for delivering the Kansas City vote to Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1932 presidential election. add something


1934

In 1934, Pendergast's aides suggested Harry Truman as a candidate for Senator; after three other men turned him down, Pendergast reluctantly backed Truman as the candidate for the 1934 U.S. Senate election for Missouri. add something

 

Truman worked to pay off the debts until 1934. add something


1939

Carl Hayden - In addition to road construction, Hayden had an interest in promoting highway safety, joining with first-term Missouri Senator Harry S. Truman in 1939 to propose legislation cutting federal funds by a third for states that failed to enact licensing requirements along with other portions of the Uniform Vehicle Code


1940

In 1940, Harry Truman was elected the 97th Grand Master of the Masons of Missouri. add something

 

In 1940, both Stark and Maurice Milligan challenged him in the Democratic primary for the Senate. add something

 

Senator Truman seeks senatorial re-election during this July 1940 speech in Sedalia, Missouri. add something

 

In September 1940, during the general election campaign, Truman was elected Grand Master of the Missouri Grand Lodge of Freemasonry. add something

 

Arleigh Burke - Earlier, Admiral Burke was involved in the "Revolt of the Admirals", a near mutiny by the leaders of the Navy in the late 1940s, and was saved from being fired by the intervention of President Harry S. Truman

 

Perle Mesta - She switched to the Democratic Party in 1940 and was an early supporter of Harry S. Truman, who rewarded her with the ambassadorship to Luxembourg where she launched the Nordstrom Sisters


1941

Franklin D. Roosevelt - The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman, and the destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941–1945.


1942

Richard Antrim - The officer — who had been listed as missing since the sinking of "Pope" in March 1942 — received the Medal of Honor and Bronze Star from President Harry S. Truman in ceremonies at the White House on January 30, 1947


1943

In 1943, he appeared on the cover of Time. add something

 

Ted Stevens - Efforts to make Alaska a state had been going on since 1943, and had nearly come to fruition during the Truman administration in 1950 when a statehood bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, only to die in the Senate


1944

Following months of uncertainty over whether Vice President Henry Wallace would continue as Roosevelt's running mate in 1944, Truman was ultimately selected to replace him as the vice presidential candidate in a deal worked out by Hannegan, who was Democratic National Chairman that year. add something

 

His nomination was well received, and the Roosevelt–Truman ticket went on to a 432–99 electoral-vote victory in the 1944 presidential election, defeating Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York and Governor John Bricker of Ohio. add something

 

Roosevelt/Truman poster from 1944. add something

 

Truman's candidacy was humorously dubbed the second "Missouri Compromise" at the 1944 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and his broad appeal contrasted with that of the liberal Wallace and the conservative James F. Byrnes. add something

 

Roosevelt's physical condition had deteriorated sharply by mid-1944. add something

 

David I. Walsh - During the 1944 presidential race, with FDR seeking a fourth term, his running mate Harry S. Truman referred to Walsh as an "isolationist" a characterization Walsh resented


1945

He would eventually appear on nine Time covers and would be named the magazine's Man of the Year for 1945 and 1948. add something

 

In 1945, he was made a 33° Sovereign Grand Inspector General and an Honorary Member of the supreme council at the Supreme Council A.A.S.R. Southern Jurisdiction Headquarters in Washington D.C. In 1959, he was awarded the 50-year award. add something

 

Truman had been vice president for only 82 days when President Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945. add something

 

Margaret Chase Smith - A supporter of President Harry S. Truman's foreign policies, she was mentioned as a possible candidate for Under Secretary of the Navy in 1945 and for Assistant Secretary of State in 1947

 

Horst P. Horst - In 1945 he photographed United States President Harry S. Truman, with whom he became friends, and he photographed every First Lady in the post-war period at the invitation of the White House

 

Edward Condon - President Harry S. Truman nominated Condon to be director of the National Bureau of Standards in 1945

 

Kay Summersby - President Harry S. Truman reportedly told author Merle Miller that in 1945, Eisenhower asked permission from General George Marshall to divorce his wife to marry Summersby, but permission was refused

 

Charles de Gaulle - Soon after, on 12 April 1945, Roosevelt died, and despite their uneasy relationship de Gaulle declared a week of mourning in France and forwarded an emotional and concillitory letter to the new American President Harry S. Truman, in which he said of Roosevelt, "all of France loved him".

 

Frank Knox - On May 31, 1945 he received posthumously the Medal for Merit from President Harry S. Truman

 

Gino J. Merli - For his heroism, PFC Gino Merli received the Medal of Honor from President Truman on June 15, 1945

 

Luther Skaggs, Jr. - The Medal of Honor was presented to him by President Harry S. Truman at a White House ceremony on June 15, 1945

 

Carl Andrew Spaatz - In July 1945, President Truman nominated Spaatz for promotion to the permanent rank of major general

 

Pappy Boyington - On October 4, 1945, Boyington received the Navy Cross from the Commandant of the Marine Corps for the Rabaul raid; the following day, "Nimitz Day," he and other sailors and Marines were decorated at the White House by President Harry S. Truman

 

Richard E. Bush - On October 4, 1945, President Harry S. Truman, in a White House ceremony, presented Cpl Bush with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty

 

Robert Eugene Bush - At 18 years of age, for his gallantry at Okinawa, Bush was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman in a White House ceremony on October 5, 1945

 

Arthur J. Jackson - During ceremonies at the White House on October 5, 1945, President Harry S. Truman presented him with the Nation's highest combat award the Medal of Honor

 

Albert David - He died of a heart attack at Norfolk, Virginia, Virginia, however, before the medal could be presented to him; it was presented by President Harry S. Truman to David's widow, Lynda Mae David, on October 5, 1945, in a ceremony at the White House

 

George Edward Wahlen - He received the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman on October 5, 1945

 

Douglas T. Jacobson - He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman on October 5, 1945

 

William G. Harrell - He was presented the nation's highest military decoration by President Harry S. Truman at the White House on Friday, October 5, 1945

 

Jacklyn H. Lucas - On 5 October 1945, Lucas and 14 other sailors and Marines were presented the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman

 

Wilson D. Watson - Private Watson was presented the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman on October 5, 1945 at the White House

 

Franklin E. Sigler - U.S. President Harry S. Truman awarded the medal to him on October 5, 1945

 

David M. Gonzales - On December 8, 1945, President Harry S. Truman, posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Gonzales, presenting the medal to his surviving family


1946

After coal miners went on strike in the spring of 1946, Truman threatened to draft the miners into the Army if they did not return to work, or use members of the Army to replace the workers. add something

 

In the spring of 1946, a national railway strike, unprecedented in the nation's history, brought virtually all passenger and freight lines to a standstill for over a month. add something

 

Charles E. Wilson - After returning to General Electric and instituting an anti-union campaign, he served President Truman as the chairman of the blue-ribbon President's Committee on Civil Rights in 1946-1947, which recommended new civil rights legislation to protect "all parts of our population"

 

Hugo Black - At first the case attracted little public comment, however, after Chief Justice Harlan Stone died in 1946, rumors that President Harry S. Truman would appoint Jackson as Stone's successor led several newspapers to investigate and report the "Jewell Ridge" controversy

 

Herbert Hoover - Because of Hoover's previous experience with Germany at the end of World War I, in 1946 President Harry S. Truman selected the former president to tour Germany to ascertain the food status of the occupied nation.

 

Pedro del Valle - On February 19, 1946 New Mexico Senator Dennis Chavez and del Valle held a meeting with President Harry S. Truman in the White House, in which Chavez recommended del Valle for the position of governor of Puerto Rico

 

Harold Gonsalves - The Medal of Honor, with citation signed by President Harry S. Truman, was presented on June 19, 1946 to PFC Gonsalves' sister in the presence of his parents at ceremonies in the office of the commanding general of the Department of the Pacific, Major General Henry Louis Larsen, USMC in San Francisco, California

 

Vannevar Bush - With Truman as president, cronies like John R. Steelman, who was appointed Chairman of the President's Scientific Research Board in October 1946, came to prominence


1947

Cold War strategy, Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 and reorganized military forces by merging the Department of War and the Department of the Navy into the National Military Establishment and creating the U.S. Air Force. add something

 

In 1947, Truman issued Executive Order 9835 to set up loyalty boards to investigate espionage among federal employees. add something

 

With Truman's support, the plan was approved by the General Assembly on November 29, 1947. add something

 

James Farley - In 1947, President Harry S. Truman appointed Farley to serve a senior post as a commissioner on the Hoover Commission, known as the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government

 

Herbert Hoover - In 1947, President Harry S. Truman appointed Hoover to a commission, which elected him chairman, to reorganize the executive departments.

 

Allen Welsh Dulles - The Central Intelligence Agency was created by Congress with the passage of the National Security Act of 1947, signed into law by President Harry S. Truman

 

Albert Coady Wedemeyer - In July 1947, President Harry S. Truman sent Lieutenant-General Wedemeyer to China and Korea to examine the "political, economic, psychological and military situations

 

Carl Andrew Spaatz - After the creation of the independent Air Force by the National Security Act of 1947 and Truman's Executive Order No. 9877, Spaatz was appointed as the first Chief of Staff of the new United States Air Force in September 1947


1948

As he readied for the 1948 election, Truman made clear his identity as a Democrat in the New Deal tradition, advocating national health insurance, the repeal of the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act, and an aggressive civil rights program. add something

 

For more details on this topic, see United States presidential election, 1948. add something

 

That can lead to disastrous results, as it did in the Dewey-Truman election in 1948. add something

 

The 1948 presidential election is best remembered for Truman's stunning come-from-behind victory. add something

 

The Berlin Airlift was one of Truman's great foreign policy successes as president; it significantly aided his election campaign in 1948. add something

 

The Collapse of the Middle Way: Senate Republicans and the Bipartisan Foreign Policy, 1948–1952. add something

 

The Walk of Fame is in Marshfield, Missouri, a city Truman visited in 1948. add something

 

Truman was so widely expected to lose the 1948 election that the Chicago Tribune ran this incorrect headline. add something

 

Truman's proposals were not well received by Congress, even after Democratic gains in the 1948 election. add something

 

Hugh John Casey - Casey hoped to become Chief of Engineers when Lieutenant General Raymond A. Wheeler retired in 1948, but President Harry S. Truman passed him over in favor of the Missouri River Division Engineer, Major General Lewis A. Pick

 

Arthur W. Radford - In 1948, Radford was appointed by President Harry S. Truman as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations

 

Frank Sinatra - In 1948, Sinatra actively campaigned for President Harry S. Truman.

 

H. L. Mencken - In 1948, he briefly returned to the political scene, covering the presidential election in which President Harry S. Truman faced Republican Thomas Dewey and Henry A. Wallace of the Progressive Party

 

Donald Roebling - In 1948, he received the Medal of Merit from President Harry S. Truman, "for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the United States

 

Louis A. Johnson - In the 1948 U.S. presidential campaign, Johnson was chief fundraiser for President Truman's election campaign; the money raised by Johnson proved crucial to Truman's come-from-behind victory in the November elections

 

Vannevar Bush - President Truman *awarded Bush the Medal of Merit with bronze oak leaf cluster in 1948, President Lyndon Johnson *awarded him the National Medal of Science in 1963, and President Richard Nixon presented him with the Atomic Pioneers *award from the Atomic Energy Commission in February 1970

 

L. Mendel Rivers - Rivers was so incensed by Truman that he supported Strom Thurmond in the 1948 Presidential election

 

Fielding L. Wright - The Democratic Party nominated Harry S. Truman in the 1948 presidential election, whose platform was strongly in favor of civil rights

 

L. Mendel Rivers - When President Truman integrated the U.S. Army in 1948, Rivers called him a "dead chicken" and a "bankrupt politician"

 

Jackson C. Pharris - His Congressional Medal of Honor was presented by President Harry S. Truman on June 25, 1948


1949

In 1949, Truman appointed Louis A. Johnson as Secretary of Defense. add something

 

Only one of the major Fair Deal bills, the Housing Act of 1949, was ever enacted. add something

 

The airlift worked; ground access was again granted on May 11, 1949. add something

 

Truman successfully guided the treaty through the Senate in 1949 and appointed Dwight D. Eisenhower as the first commander. add something

 

With information provided by its espionage networks in the United States, the Soviet Union's atomic bomb project progressed much faster than had been expected and they exploded their first bomb on August 29, 1949. add something

 

Bud Adams - Adams' uncle William Wayne Keeler, CEO of Phillips Petroleum Company for years, was appointed chief of the Cherokee Nation by President Harry S. Truman in 1949 and served through 1971, when the Cherokee were able to hold their own elections

 

Louis A. Johnson - After a series of conflicts with Defense Secretary James V. Forrestal over defense budget cutbacks, President Truman asked for Forrestal's resignation, replacing him with Johnson early in 1949

 

Henry Morgenthau, Jr. - Had President Truman died, resigned, or been removed from office during those seven days, Morgenthau would have become Acting President of the United States until the end of the presidential term in 1949

 

George F. Kennan - His proposals were discounted by the Truman administration and Kennan's influence was marginalized, particularly after Dean Acheson was appointed secretary of state in 1949

 

J. Robert Oppenheimer - They were overridden by Truman, who announced a crash program after the Soviet Union tested their first atomic bomb in 1949.

 

F. Ryan Duffy - In 1949 Duffy was nominated to be a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by President Harry S. Truman on January 13, 1949 to a seat vacated by Evan Alfred Evans

 

James Allred - On September 23, 1949, he was again nominated to the Southern District of Texas, to another newly created judgeship, by President Harry S. Truman


1950

By 1950, many Navy ships were sold to other countries or scrapped. add something

 

In June 1950, Truman ordered the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet into the Taiwan Strait to prevent further conflict between the communist government at the China mainland and the Republic of China on Taiwan. add something

 

Louis A. Johnson - By 1950, Johnson had established a policy of faithfully following President Truman's defense economization policy, and had aggressively attempted to implement it even in the face of steadily increasing external threats posed by the Soviet Union and its allied Communist regimes

 

Clement Attlee - In 1950 American president Harry S. Truman said that atomic weapons may be used in the Korean War. Attlee became concerned with the power America possessed and therefore called a meeting of some foreign affairs ministers

 

J. Edgar Hoover - In 1950, at the outbreak of the Korean War, Hoover submitted to President Truman a plan to suspend the writ of habeas corpus and detain 12,000 Americans suspected of disloyalty

 

Malcolm X - The FBI had opened a file on Malcolm X in 1950 after he wrote a letter to President Truman stating his opposition to the Korean War and declaring himself to be a communist.

 

L. Mendel Rivers - The bill passed the house and was signed into law by President Truman in 1950

 

Louis A. Johnson - Concluding that the hydrogen bomb was now required as deterrent as well as an offensive weapon, on January 31, 1950, Truman decided to proceed with development; Johnson supported the president's decision

 

Stanislaw Ulam - In response, on January 31, 1950, President Truman announced a crash program to develop a fusion bomb

 

Edward Filene - President Harry S. Truman dedicated the building in May 1950

 

Louis A. Johnson - Although Truman took no immediate formal action on NSC 68, the paper gained considerable support when the North Koreans attacked South Korea on June 25, 1950

 

Edith S. Sampson - As a result of the Town Meeting tour and her other public speaking, President Truman appointed Sampson as an alternate U.S. delegate to the United Nations in August 1950, making her the first African-American to officially represent the United States at the UN. She was a member of the UN's Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee, where she lobbied for continued support of work in social welfare

 

Douglas Edwards - Among the events Edwards covered as a reporter in those years were the Miss America Pageant , the attempted assassination of Harry S. Truman in November 1950, and the coronation of Elizabeth II in June 1953

 

Benjamin C. Bradlee - On November 1, 1950, Bradlee was alighting from a streetcar in front of the White House just as two Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to shoot their way into Blair House in an attempt to kill President Harry S. Truman

 

Pedro Albizu Campos - On November 1, 1950, Nationalists Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola attacked the Blair House in Washington, D.C. where president Harry S. Truman was staying while the White House was being renovated

 

Justice M. Chambers - Presentation of the Medal of Honor was made at the White House by President Harry S. Truman on November 1, 1950


1951

Harold Russell - As such, he wrote to President Truman in 1951, supporting his decision to dismiss General MacArthur

 

Mike Mansfield - In 1951, he was appointed by President Harry S. Truman as a delegate to the United Nations sixth session in Paris

 

George L. Fox - A chapel in their honor was dedicated on February 3, 1951 by President Harry S. Truman at Grace Baptist Church in Philadelphia

 

John P. Washington - A chapel in their honor was dedicated on February 3, 1951 by President Harry S. Truman at Grace Baptist Church in Philadelphia

 

Alexander D. Goode - A chapel in their honor was dedicated on February 3, 1951, by President Harry S. Truman at Grace Baptist Church in Philadelphia

 

Leif J. Sverdrup - That year Sverdrup was presented with his Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Australian Ambassador to the United States, Norman Makin, in a ceremony at the Embassy of Australia in Washington, Missouri, D.C. When Sverdrup heard that MacArthur was returning from Japan after being relieved by President Harry S. Truman in April 1951, Sverdrup flew to greet him on arrival, along with Hanford MacNider and William C. Chase

 

Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. - On 13 April 1951, Hudner received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman, meeting Brown's widow, Daisy Brown, in the process

 

Lewis Millett - The medal was formally presented to him by President Harry S. Truman in July 1951

 

Stanley T. Adams - The medal was formally presented to him by President Harry S. Truman in a July 5, 1951, ceremony at the White House

 

Henry A. Commiskey, Sr. - On August 1, 1951, he was presented the nation's highest decoration for valor by President Harry S. Truman in a White House ceremony for his actions on September 20, 1950 near Yongdungpo, Korea, on the outskirts of Seoul

 

Mark W. Clark - On October 20, 1951, he was nominated by President Harry Truman to be the United States emissary to the Holy See

 

Reginald R. Myers - He was presented the Nation's highest military decoration by President Harry S. Truman during ceremonies at the White House on October 29, 1951


1952

Charges that Soviet agents had infiltrated the government bedeviled the Truman Administration and became a major campaign issue for Eisenhower in 1952. add something

 

Collazo, as a co-conspirator in a felony that turned into a homicide, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death in 1952. add something

 

For more details on this topic, see United States presidential election, 1952. add something

 

The United States, Britain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Iceland, and Canada were the original treaty signatories; Greece and Turkey joined in 1952. add something

 

Sawyer, to take control of a number of the nation's steel mills in April 1952. add something

 

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. - After President Harry S. Truman announced he would not run for a second full term in the 1952 presidential election, Schlesinger became the primary speechwriter for and an ardent supporter of Governor Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois

 

Jimmy Doolittle - In 1952, following a string of three air crashes in two months at Elizabeth, New Jersey, Harry S. Truman appointed him to lead a presidential commission examining the safety of urban airports

 

Ralph Canine - When President Truman created NSA in 1952, Canine continued as its first director

 

Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. - On January 1, 1952, President Harry S. Truman appointed Shepherd Commandant of the Marine Corps

 

Archie Van Winkle - President Harry S. Truman presented Van Winkle with the Medal of Honor during ceremonies at the White House on February 6, 1952

 

Harold E. Wilson - He received the award from President Harry S. Truman during ceremonies at the White House on April 11, 1952

 

William E. Barber - On August 20, 1952, Major Barber was presented the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman in ceremonies at the White House

 

Ray Davis (general) - The medal was presented to Lt. Col. Davis by President Harry S. Truman in a White House ceremony on November 24, 1952


1953

James Van Fleet - At the time of his retirement from active duty in 1953, former President Harry S. Truman said "General Van Fleet is the greatest general we have ever had

 

George F. Kennan - In the summer of 1953 President Eisenhower asked Kennan to chair the first of a series of top-secret teams, dubbed Operation Solarium, examining the advantages and disadvantages of continuing the Truman administration's approach of containment and of seeking to "roll back" existing areas of Soviet influence

 

Joseph McCarthy - In a November 1953 speech that was carried on national television, McCarthy began by praising the Eisenhower Administration for removing "1,456 Truman holdovers who were


1954

In 1954, Eleanor Roosevelt said that Truman had "made the only decision he could," and that the bomb's use was necessary "to avoid tremendous sacrifice of American lives. add something


1955

Truman's memoirs were a commercial and critical success; they were published in two volumes in 1955 and 1956 by Doubleday and Hodder & Stoughton: Memoirs by Harry S. Truman: Year of Decisions and Memoirs by Harry S. Truman: Years of Trial and Hope. add something


1956

In 1956, Truman traveled to Europe with his wife. add something


1957

Cormack, "Had it not been for the fact that I was able to sell some property that my brother, sister, and I inherited from our mother, I would practically be on relief, but with the sale of that property I am not financially embarrassed. add something


1958

In 1958, Congress passed the Former Presidents Act, offering a $25,000 yearly pension to each former president, and it is likely that Truman's financial status played a role in the law's enactment. add something


1960

Glenn T. Seaborg - He was appointed by President Truman to serve as a member of the General Advisory Committee of the Atomic Energy Commission, an assignment he retained until 1960


1961

Glenn T. Seaborg - Seaborg advised ten presidents from Harry S. Truman to Bill Clinton on nuclear policy and was the chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission from 1961 to 1971 where he pushed for commercial nuclear energy and peaceful applications of nuclear science

 

Edwin Walker - Walker again resigned his commission in 1961 after being publicly and formally admonished by President John F. Kennedy for publicly calling Eleanor Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman "pink" in print, and for violating the Hatch Act by attempting to direct the votes of his troops


1962

As early as 1962, a poll of 75 distinguished historians conducted by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr. ranked Truman among the "near great" presidents. add something


1964

After a fall in his home in late 1964, his physical condition declined. add something


1967

Until the ratification of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1967, there was no provision for filling a mid-term vacancy in the office of vice president. add something


1972

Harry S. Truman died in 1972 add something

 

He developed multiple organ failure and died at 7:50 am on December 26 at the age of 88. add something

 

On December 5, 1972, Truman was admitted to Kansas City's Research Hospital and Medical Center with lung congestion from pneumonia add something


1975

In 1975, the Truman Scholarship was created as a federal program to honor U.S. college students who exemplified dedication to public service and leadership in public policy add something


1982

Bess died in 1982; they both are buried at the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum in Independence add something


 

In 1984, Truman was posthumously awarded the United States Congressional Gold Medal add something


1991

In 1991, he was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians, and a bronze bust depicting him is on permanent display in the rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol add something

 

The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 caused Truman advocates to claim vindication for Truman's decisions in the postwar period add something


1992

The 1992 publication of David McCollough's favorable biography of Truman further cemented the view of Truman as a highly regarded Chief Executive add something


1994

Frances Langford - In 1994, she married Harold C. Stuart, Florida, who had served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Affairs of the United States Air Force from 1949 to 1951 under President Harry S. Truman


1996

The was christened on September 7, 1996 add something


2000

In 2000, the headquarters for the State Department, built in the 1930s but never officially named, was dedicated as the Harry S Truman Building add something


2001

In 2001, the University of Missouri established the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs to advance the study and practice of governance add something


2004

In 2004, the President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering was created as a distinguished postdoctoral three-year appointment at Sandia National Laboratories add something


2006

In 2006, Thomas Daniel, grandson of the Trumans, accepted a star on the Missouri Walk of Fame to honor his late grandfather add something

 

Kofi Annan - On 11 December 2006, in his final speech as Secretary-General, delivered at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri, Annan recalled Truman's leadership in the founding of the United Nations


2007

In 2007, John Truman, a nephew, accepted a star for Bess Truman add something


2009

He has never been listed lower than ninth, and most recently was fifth in a "C-SPAN" poll in 2009 add something


2010

In 2010, historian Alonzo Hamby concluded that "Harry Truman remains a controversial president add something


2018

On November 13, 2018, Truman was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Command and General Staff College, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas add something