|Harry S. Truman|
|33rd President of the United States|
April 12, 1945 â€“ January 20, 1953
|Vice President||None (1945â€“49)[a]
Alben W. Barkley (1949â€“53)
|Preceded by||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Succeeded by||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|34th Vice President of the United States|
January 20, 1945 â€“ April 12, 1945
|President||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Preceded by||Henry A. Wallace|
|Succeeded by||Alben W. Barkley|
|United States Senator
January 3, 1935 â€“ January 17, 1945
|Preceded by||Roscoe C. Patterson|
|Succeeded by||Frank P. Briggs|
|Presiding Judge of Jackson County, Missouri|
January 1, 1927 â€“ January 3, 1935
|Preceded by||Elihu W. Hayes|
|Succeeded by||Eugene I. Purcell|
|Judge of Jackson County, Missouri’s Eastern District|
January 1, 1923 â€“ January 1, 1925
|Preceded by||James E. Gilday|
|Succeeded by||Henry Rummel|
May 8, 1884|
Lamar, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||December 26, 1972 (aged 88)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Resting place||Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum
|Spouse(s)||Bess Wallace (m. 1919)|
|Education||Independence High School
Kansas City Law School (withdrew)
|Allegiance||United States of America|
United States Army
Missouri National Guard
|Years of service||
1905â€“11 (Missouri National Guard)
Battery D, 129th Field Artillery, 60th Brigade, 35th Infantry Division
World War I
Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
Washington is a very easy city for you to forget where you came from and why you got there in the first place.
You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break.
The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's.
Well, I wouldn't say that I was in the great class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great.
Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything.
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he'd lie just to keep his hand in.
I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow, figuratively or otherwise. We should all get together and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases.
If I'd known how much packing I'd have to do, I'd have run again.
You and I are stuck with the necessity of taking the worst of two evils or none at all. So-I'm taking the immature Democrat as the best of the two. Nixon is impossible.
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.
Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here.
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.
When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn't for you. It's for the Presidency.
The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don't believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can't possibly foresee now.
A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.
A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it.
Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought.
When even one American – who has done nothing wrong – is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth – then all Americans are in peril.
If I hadn't been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house.
Nixon is one of the few in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides.
The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.
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.
The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.
You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make proper judgements about what is going on.
It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.
In my opinion eight years as president is enough and sometimes too much for any man to serve in that capacity.
It's plain hokum. If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em. It's an old political trick. But this time it won't work.
A president either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a moment.
Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice.
I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.
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.
It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
The atom bomb was no 'great decision.' It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me.
I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.
A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.
All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.
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.
I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have in it now. I believe it has a glorious future before it – not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization.
My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.
I've said many a time that I think the Un-American Activities Committee in the House of Representatives was the most un-American thing in America!
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
We shall never be able to remove suspicion and fear as potential causes of war until communication is permitted to flow, free and open, across international boundaries.
The President is always abused. If he isn't, he isn't doing anything.