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Harry Truman: Thirty-third president of the United States from 1945 - 1953

Truman in 1948

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Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president of the United States who served from 1945-1953. He had served a short stint as Franklin Roosevelt's vice president during Roosevelt's fourth term until Roosevelt died in April 1945. When Truman took over, World War Two was in its ending stages. Just a few weeks after taking office, Germany surrendered, and Japan remained. Most agree that the biggest move Truman made during his presidency was to authorize the use of the very two first atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. After they were used, Japan surrendered. However, the Cold War was beginning, and Truman escalated it quite a bit, especially with the Truman Doctrine. In the 1948 election, Truman ran and no one thought he would win. Before the election, newspapers were already printing papers saying his opponent won, but Truman upset everyone and won. Because of this, there is a famous photo of Truman holding up one of those newspapers.


Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri. May 8 was also coincidentally the day Germany surrendered.


Truman died on December 26, 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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