Harry S. Truman
By Matt

Do you know any president who's piano leg went through their White House floor? That happened to Harry S. Truman. Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri. He was born on a farm and was a farmer for 12 years. During World War I he was a captain in the Field Artillery in France. When he returned home he opened a men's clothing store. In 1922 he was elected a judge of the Jackson County Court. Then in 1935 he became a Senator from Missouri.

Then he had reached a high rank and it was Vice President. He married Bess Wallace and had a daughter named Margaret. Then in 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt died and Democrat Harry S. Truman was now President.

While he was President he dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Originally there were 344,000 people living there but after he dropped the bomb it killed about 70,000 of them. Then he dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki killing and injuring 40,000 people, bringing a fast ending to World War II. 

In June 25, 1950 the communist government of North Korea launched a full scale military invasion of South Korea. President Truman sent troops to the are. It was called a "police action" and lasted for three years. 

He served as President for two terms (8 years). In 1965 he was the recipient of the Freedom Award. Truman died on December 26,1972 and is buried on the grounds of the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri.

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