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Biography During his few weeks as Vice President Harry S Truman scarcely saw President Roosevelt and received no briefing on the development of the atomic bomb or the unfolding difficulties with Soviet Russia Suddenly these and a host of other wartime problems became Trumans to solve when on April 12 1945 he became President He told reporters I felt like the moon the stars and all the planets had fallen on me Truman was born in Lamar Missouri in 1884 He grew up in Independence and for 12 years prospered as a Missouri farmer He went to France during World War I as a captain in the Field Artillery Returning he married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace and opened a haberdashery in Kansas City Active in the Democratic Party Truman was elected a judge of the Jackson County Court an administrative position in 1922 He became a Senator in 1934 During World War II he headed the Senate war investigating committee checking into waste and corruption and saving perhaps as much as 15 billion dollars As President Truman made some of the most crucial decisions in history Soon after V-E Day the war against Japan had reached its final stage An urgent plea to Japan to surrender was rejected Truman after consultations with his advisers ordered atomic bombs dropped on cities devoted to war work Two were Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japanese surrender quickly followed In June 1945 Truman witnessed the signing of the charter of the United Nations hopefully established to preserve peace Thus far he had followed his predecessors policies but he soon developed his own He presented to Congress a 21-point program proposing the expansion of Social Security a full-employment program a permanent Fair Employment Practices Act and public housing and slum clearance The program Truman wrote symbolizes for me my assumption of the office of President in my own right It became
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