Friday, December 26, 2014



Independence, Missouri (JFK+50) Former President Harry S Truman* died forty-two years ago today, December 26, 1972, here in Independence. He was 88 years old.

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

Mr. Truman had been admitted to Kansas City Research Hospital and Medical Center on December 5, 1972.  He was diagnosed as having lung congestion, heart irregularity, kidney blockages and failure of the digestive system.

The 33rd president, survived by wife Bess and daughter Margaret, was buried at the Harry S Truman Presidential Library.  

Former President Truman
At his desk at the Truman Library
HST Library Photo (1959)

Truman, who was known for his sometimes "salty" language, made some rather derogatory statements during the 1960 presidential campaign about voters who were planning to cast their ballots for Republican Richard M. Nixon.

At one point, JFK responded to these statements.  Senator Kennedy said that he had sent a telegram to Mr. Truman which included these words...

"Mr. President, I have noted with interest your suggestion as to where those who vote for my opponent should go.  While I sympathize with your deep motivation, I think our side should refrain from raising the religious issue."

During his visit with President John F. Kennedy at the White House in January 1961, Mr. Truman said...

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

*Harry S Truman (1884-1972) was born in Lamar. Missouri.  He served in WWI and was partner in a men's clothing store in Kansas City after the war.
HST was elected to the US Senate in 1934 and was selected as FDR's running mate in 1944.  He became president upon FDR's death on April 12, 1945. HST won an upset victory over Thomas E. Dewey in 1948. 

Funeral of President Truman
Truman Presidential Library
Independence, Missouri