It’s the Birthday of President Harry S. Truman
A brief timeline on what would have been Harry’s 130th birthday-
- 1884: Harry S. Truman is born in Lamar, Missouri on May 8. As a young man, he works briefly as a timekeeper for a railroad construction contractor, then as a clerk in two Kansas City banks.
- 1906: Harry begins working with his father to run the family farm. He continues working as a farmer for more than ten years.
- 1905-1911: Harry serves in the Missouri National Guard. When the United States enters World War I in 1917, he helps to organize the 2nd Regiment of Missouri Field Artillery, which is quickly called into Federal service as the 129th Field Artillery and sent to France.
- 1919-1922: Harry runs a men’s clothing store in Kansas City with his wartime friend, Eddie Jacobson. The store fails in the postwar recession. Harry narrowly avoids bankruptcy, and through determination and over many years he pays off his share of the store’s debts.
- 1922: Harry is elected to be one of three judges of the Jackson County Court.
- 1934: Harry is elected to the United States Senate.
- July, 1944: Harry is nominated to run for Vice President with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- January 20, 1945: Harry takes the vice-presidential oath. After President Roosevelt’s unexpected death only eighty-two days later on April 12, 1945, Harry is sworn in as the nations’ 33rd President.
- May 7, 1945: Germany surrenders unconditionally one day before Harry’s 61st birthday.
- 1948: Harry wins reelection despite a widely expected defeat.
- 1953: Harry leaves the Presidency and retires to Independence, MO.
- 1972: Harry S. Truman dies on December 26, 1972.
Photo: President Truman on the celebration of his 61st birthday, the day after the unconditional surrender of Germany in World War II. May 8, 1945.
-from the Truman Library
Democratic Campaign Badge from the 1900 Presidential Election
The 1900 Democratic National Convention took place in Kansas City, Missouri at the Convention Hall. This badge for William Jennings Bryan is from a Democratic Club in his home state of Nebraska. Future POTUS Harry S. Truman served as a page at the Convention, and found it to be an exciting experience. Harry admired Bryan as a voice for the common man throughout his life.
This badge is one of many items on display now at the Truman Library’s temporary exhibit, “Tracing the Trumans: An American Story.”
Former President Harry S. Truman at his favorite pastime, poker.
With him are Hugh J. Curran, businessman and developer of North Kansas City and Tom L. Evans. The photo was taken without any of them actually knowing the were being photographed.
Location: 822 Club in Kansas City, Missouri. Circa 1955.
from the Truman Library