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President Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman was born May 8, 1884. He was the 33rd President of the United States serving from 1945 until 1953. Truman also served as the 34th vice president where he succeeded Franklin D. Roosevelt when he died less than three months after he began his fourth term.

Truman was the thirty-third President of the United States. He served as president during World War II and ordered the dropping of the Atomic Bomb. Truman is best known for his desegregation of the Armed Forces and for his removal of communist sympathizers from government offices and his witch hunts in Hollywood. Read some of Truman's quotes below.


A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.
All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
If you can't convince them, confuse them.
Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better
My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference.
I remember when I first came to Washington. For the first six months you wonder how the hell you ever got here. For the next six months you wonder how the hell the rest of them ever got here.