Our Presidential Throwback Thursday features a very small Harry S. Truman!
Truman was born on May 8, 1884, in Missouri. Truman’s early life was plagued with accidents, poor eyesight, and a nearly paralyzing disease. However, Truman grew up surrounded by loving, strong-willed, and doting parents, grandparents, and other relatives, including his grandfather, Solomon Young.
Truman had one younger brother, Vivian. Vivian had long curls that his mother refused to cut. The long curls bothered his grandfather Solomon so much that one day he had Harry help him haul Vivian—highchair and all—out onto the south porch where he quickly gave Vivian a short haircut.
A few days later, Harry decided to experiment with his own hair and comb it a different way. He pulled a big chair up close to a mirror in order to see the back of his head. He kept leaning in the chair until he fell over backwards, breaking his collarbone—his first, but not his last, broken bone.
Learn more about Truman’s childhood from the Truman Library.
Tomorrow is the birthday of President Gerald R. Ford
The 38th President of the United States was born on July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska. Gerald R. Ford (christened Leslie Lynch King, Jr) is pictured here with his mother Dorothy Gardner King. Circa 1913.
While we may think of them as First Ladies, their kids know them as “mom.” In celebration of Mother’s Day this weekend, we’ve combed the archives for family photos of First Ladies with their children. It’s our way of saying thank you to all the moms out there for…well, everything!
Up first, Eleanor Roosevelt and her daughter Anna. 1906.
"My grandfather was an Army Officer in World War I. My three uncles all volunteered and fought in World War II (William Jr. was a Tuskegee Airman), and my father [Franklin Delano Roosevelt Green] volunteered and fought in Korea. After Korea he became an attorney in Philadelphia. He was one of the first African American attorneys to work for the Department of Labor and was a law partner of civil rights pioneer Cecil Moore."Read the full story of the letters here.