Truman's Life

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  • Trumans birth

    Trumans birth
    Truman mothers name was Martha Ellen Young Truman, his father was John Anderson Truman. He was born in Lamar, Missouri.
  • Early life

    Early life
    His family was too poor to send him to college, he finished highschool in 1907, he worked as a bank clerk, and many other jobs included helping keep up his fathers business. WWI came and He was sent to France as a part of the national guard
  • Return of Truman

    Return of Truman
    After he returned from WWI in 1919 he married a childhood classmate, Elizabeth Bess Wallace, and opened a men clothing store all in the same year however closing in 1922 due to poor economy.
  • Judge Truman

    Judge Truman
    in 1922, With help of Kansans City Thomas Pendergast, he got elected as district judge in Jackson County Missouri. his job was to handle county’s finances, public works projects and other affairs.
  • Truman goes to Senate

    Truman goes to Senate
    In 1932, He elected for senate, he supported President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, designed to help lift and bring the country out of the Great Depression
  • Trumans acts as Senator

    Trumans acts as Senator
    Truman instrumented in the passage of the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938, which established government regulation of the burgeoning aviation industry, and the Transportation Act of 1940, which established new federal regulations for America’s railroad, shipping and trucking industries.
  • Trumans acts as Senator (Part 2)

    Trumans acts as Senator (Part 2)
    Truman headed the Senate Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program, which worked to reduce waste and mismanagement in U.S. military spending. Commonly known as the Truman Committee, it saved American taxpayers millions of dollars and propelled Truman into the national spotlight.
  • Vice President Truman

    Vice President Truman
    As Roosevelt runs for his fourth term as president, Truman is elected as the vice president, replacing Vice President Henry Wallace. He was a divisive figure in the Democratic Party.
  • Death of Roosevelt

    Death of Roosevelt
    Truman was sworn into the vice president seat on January 20th, 1945. 3 months later Roosevelt dies on April 12, 1945 from a cerebral hemorrhage at age 63. A few hours later Truman gave the oath to the white house as standing president.
  • Truman's president speech

    Truman's president speech
    I don’t know if you fellas ever had a load of hay fall on you, but when they told me what happened yesterday, I felt like the moon, the stars and all the planets had fallen on me. I wish for peace, I work for peace, and I pray for peace continually.
  • Bombing of Japan

    Bombing of Japan
    His speech on this was "We shall destroy their docks, their factories, and their communications. Let there be no mistake; we shall completely destroy Japan's power to make war. It was to spare the Japanese people from utter destruction that the ultimatum"
  • Ending of WWII

    Ending of WWII
    During Truman’s first months in office, the war in Europe ended when the Allies accepted Nazi Germany’s surrender. the United Nations charter was signed. In an effort to end the war in the Pacific and prevent the massive U.S. casualties that could result from an invasion of Japan, Truman dropped the atomic bombs in Japan. Japan’s surrendered on August 14, 1945; however, Truman’s use of the atomic bomb continues to be one of the most controversial decisions of any American president.
  • Aftermath of WWII

    Aftermath of WWII
    Truman had to contend with deteriorating U.S.-Soviet relations and the start of the Cold War. In 1947, he introduced the Truman Doctrine to provide aid to Greece and Turkey in an effort to protect them from communist aggression. That same year, Truman also instituted the Marshall Plan, which gave billions of dollars in aid to help stimulate economic recovery in European nations. Also recognized the new state of Israel.
  • Trumans Reelection as POTUS

    Trumans Reelection as POTUS
    Truman ran for reelection in 1948 and was expected to lose to Thomas Dewey. Truman conducted a harsh,crazy campaign in which he traveled by train around the country, giving hundreds of speeches. He ended up winning the election.
  • Second term as president

    Second term as president
    Truman was sworn in for his second term in January 1949; his inauguration was the first to be nationally televised. Truman set forth an ambitious social reform agenda, known as the Fair Deal, which included national medical insurance, federal housing programs, a higher minimum wage, assistance for farmers.
  • Creation of NATO

    Creation of NATO
    he threat of communism continued to be a major focus of Truman’s second administration. The president supported the creation in 1949 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a military alliance of democratic nations, including the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and eight other countries, and appointed Dwight Eisenhower as first commander
  • Trumans acts in Korea

    Trumans acts in Korea
    June 1950, when communist forces from North Korea invaded South Korea, Truman sent in U.S. planes, ships and ground troops to aid the South Koreans. The conflict turned into a lengthy stalemate that left Americans frustrated and hurt Truman’s popularity.
  • China's Revolt

    China's Revolt
    A revolution in China brought the Communists to power, and the Soviets tested their first nuclear weapon. Additionally, during his second term Truman had to contend with unproven accusations made by U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957) of Wisconsin that the president’s administration and the U.S. State Department, among other organizations, had been infiltrated by communist spies
  • Trumans leaves POTUS

    Trumans leaves POTUS
    Truman was eligible to run for another presidential term, Truman announced in March 1952 that he would not do so. In that year’s general election, Democrat Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), the governor of Illinois, was defeated by Republican Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower’s inauguration in January 1953, Harry and Bess Truman traveled by train from Washington to their home in Independence.
  • Trumans death

    Trumans death
    Truman was hospitalized for lung congestion, heart irregularity, kidney blockages and digestive system failure, Truman died at age 88 on December 26, 1972, in Kansas City, Missouri.