Truman, Harry S.
- Alonzo L. Hamby
Truman, Harry S. (08 May 1884–26 December 1972), thirty-third president of the United States, was born in Lamar, Missouri, the son of John Anderson Truman, a farmer and livestock trader, and Martha Ellen Young. The “S.” after his given name was a compromise designed to appease his maternal grandfather, Solomon Young, and his paternal grandfather, Anderson Shippe Truman. Although it could be said to stand for nothing, Truman customarily placed a period after it, thus tacitly recognizing it as the dual-purpose abbreviation his parents had intended. In 1890 the family moved to Independence, Missouri, approximately ten miles from Kansas City. Afflicted with myopic vision from birth, Truman appears to have had an awkward childhood in which he worked hard to relate to other boys and, as he put it in his ...