Harry Truman


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Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953). The final running mate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, Truman succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945, when Roosevelt died after months of declining health. Under Truman, the U.S. successfully concluded World War II; in the aftermath of the conflict, tensions with the Soviet... more »

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  • ''I would rather have peace in the world than be President.''
    Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Christmas Message, December 24, 1948, Independence, Missouri.
  • ''The atom bomb was no "great decision."... It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.''
    Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Seminar, April 28, 1959, Columbia University, New York City.
  • ''The human animal cannot be trusted for anything good except en masse. The combined thought and action of the whole people of any race, creed or nationality, will always point in the right direction.''
    Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Memorandum, May 22, 1945. published in William Hillman, Mr. President, pt. 3 (1952...
  • ''The buck stops here.''
    Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Quoted in Alfred Steinberg, The Man from Missouri (1962). Motto on Truman's de...
  • ''Washington is a very easy city for you to forget where you came from and why you got there in the first place.''
    Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Quoted in Merle Miller, Plain Speaking: Conversations with Harry S. Truman, ch. 11...
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