Wednesday, December 26, 2012


December 26, 1972


Independence, Missouri (JFK+50) Former President Harry S Truman* died at 7:50 this morning.

Mr. Truman, who retired from the Presidency in January 1953, referred to himself as "Mr. Citizen" of Independence, Missouri.

*Harry S Truman (1884-1972) was born in Lamar. Missouri.  He served in WWI & was partner in a men's clothing store in Kansas City after the war.

He was elected to the US Senate in 1934 & was selected as FDR's running mate in 1944.  He became the 33rd US President upon FDR's death on April 12, 1945.

Truman won an upset victory over Republican Thomas E. Dewey in 1948. As President he had a sign on his desk which read 'The Buck Stops Here."

The former chief executive had been hospitalized since December 4 with lung congestion, heart irregularity, kidney blockages & failure of the digestive system.

Mr. Truman is survived by wife Bess & daughter Margaret.  

He will be buried at the Harry S Truman Presidential Library here in Independence.**

**During his visit with President Kennedy at the White House in Jan 1961, Mr. Truman told JFK:

"Within the 1st few months I discovered that being president is like riding a tiger.  A man has to keep riding or be swallowed."

           Funeral of President Truman
           Truman Presidential Library
                 Independence, Missouri