A man of wisdom, truth and leadership, these are the things brought to mind when we think of our very own thirty-third president, Harry S. Truman. On Thursday, May 8 th, 1884, Truman was born. He was born in a six-room farmhouse in Loma r, Missouri and twelve years later he prospered as a Missouri farmer.
For college, he attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City and only took night classes. While attending there, he took school of law, but did not graduate. Often he visited a Baptist church for moral support to guide him in the right direction in life. These are the prime years of our soon to be powerful president. In World War I, Truman went to France as a captain in the Field Artillery. When he came back to America, he married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace and opened a haberdashery in Kansas City.
As an active Democrat, Truman was elected a judge of the Jackson County Court in 1922. He became a senator in 1943. During World War II, he headed the Senate war investigating committee, checking into waste and corruption and saving as much as 15 billion dollars in one year. In 1945, Harry S. Truman became our 33 rd national President. His vice-president was Alben William Barkley.
He served for two terms and he ended his presidency in 1953. Truman made some of the most critical decisions in history. Soon after V-E day, the war against Japan had reached its final stage. Truman urged Japan to surrender because the U. S. might bring nuclear weapons into the war, but the plea was rejected.
In early August 1945, atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These two bombs yielded the surrender of Japan and an end to the American involvement in World War II. By 1946, the two bombs caused the death of about 240, 000 Japanese citizens. The people of Japan do not have an official army because they do not believe in the spread of violence after they stepped into nuclear war and puttin many lives at risk. Because of Harry S.
Truman s decision, today we are mutual with Japan. President Truman, I think is one of my favorite president s because of the action he took towards the war. People may have looked down on him because of the lives that were taken in the bombings. But, I believe if the war continued, there would have been six to seven times as many lives lost in the war. As soon as he came into office, he tried to end the war as soon as possible and he ended up succeeding.
These powerful actions made him a great leader and role model for all ages in our great nation.