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Harry S. Truman: A Presidential Unit

Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States of America. He was FDR's vice president and finished out his 4th term and then was re-elected in 1949 for a second term of his own.

Political Party: Democrat
Years Served: 1945 - 1953
Vice President(s): Alben Barkley
Name of his parents: John Anderson Truman and Martha Ellen Young
Wife's name: Elizabeth "Bess" Virginia Wallace (1885-1982), on June 28, 1919
Yearly Salary as President: $75,000/year (increased to $100,000 + $50,000 expense account in 1949)
Physical Stature: 5 feet, 9 inces
State of Birth: Missouri

"Harry Truman was a simple man. He liked being a Senator from Missouri and never wanted to be president. But, he made a name for himself as chairman of a committee that saved taxpayers millions of dollars during World War II.

Truman had such bad eyesight that he didn't play sports when he was a boy. He played the piano instead. He played so well that he dreamed of becoming a concert pianist. He never followed his dream because he had to help his father trade mules and farm.

Truman ended World War Two in 1945 by allowing the atomic bomb to be used. In 1950, the USA again came to war when Truman sent troops to South Korea to fight an invasion by a Communist army from the north."

On Line Lesson Plans:

Truman from TeacherVision
Presidential Thinkquest

Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie's Page
Herbert Hoover from Enchanted Learning

On Line Resources:


Trivia Questions:

1. What were the names of the Truman's children? [Answer: only one child -- Mary Margaret Truman (1924- )]

2. What other political positions did Truman hold? [Answer: Judge on Jackson County Court, 1922-24; Presiding Judge of Jackson County Court, 1926-34; United States Senator, 1935-45; Vice President, 1945 (under F.D. Roosevelt)].

3. What did the "S" stand for in Truman's name? [Answer: The S in Harry S. Truman is his whole middle name. It stands for Shippe and Solomon, his grandfathers' names.]

4. What was Truman's nickname? [Answer: "Given 'em hell, Harry"]

Of Note:

Harry spent so much time with his wife and daughter that they were known as the "Three Muskateers."

Truman was the first President to talk to the American people on television from the White House.


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