Harry S. Truman Essay

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Biography 1. Date of Birth & Birth Place      Harry S. Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri. 2. Childhood      John A. Truman sold and bought livestock form a lot adjacent to their house when Harry was first born. When Harry was ten months old the Trumans sold their house and stocklot to move to Harrisonville, Missouri. From Harrisonville they moved to Belton, then to Grandview, and finally settled in Independence, Missouri when Harry Truman was six years old. President Truman was the oldest of three children and the only one born in Lamar. His brother John Vivian, was born on April 25, 1885, at Belton, Missouri and his sister, Mary Jane, was born August 12, 1889, in…show more content…
In 1901, when Truman graduated from high school, his future was uncertain. College had been ruled out by his family’s financial situation, and appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point was eliminated by his poor eyesight. 4. Family      Harry S. Truman’s family included his father John Anderson Truman and his mother Martha Ellen Young Truman. His siblings included his sister Mary Jane Truman and his brother John Vivian Truman. 5. Prior Employment Before the Presidency      In 1901 Harry began work as a timekeeper for the Santa Fe Railroad at $35 per month, and in his spare time he read histories and encyclopedias. He later moved to Kansas City, where he worked as a mail clerk for the Kansas City Star, then as a clerk for the National Bank of Commerce, and finally as a bookkeeper for the Union National Bank. In 1906 he was called home to help his parents run his grandmother’s large farm in Grandview, Missouri. For the next ten years, Truman was a successful farmer. When his dad died in 1914 he succeeded him as a road overseer. An argument soon ended the job, but Truman became the Grandview postmaster. In 1915 he invested in lead mines in Missouri, lost his money, and then turned to the oil fields of Oklahoma. Two years later, just
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