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Truman was a simple honest man His impact on world history however was much more than simple In his life he would take part in both world wars and serve two terms in office as president Truman was born in Lamar Missouri on May 8 1884 His full name was Harry S Truman The S did not stand for anything but was put there to appease his two relatives whos names started with s He was the eldest of three children with a younger brother Vivian and a younger sister Mary Jane His parents were not rich but his mother Martha Ellen Young Truman always found that money was there for piano lessons or books Truman moved to Independence when he was six He went to the Presbyterian Church and attended Sunday school he met his future wife Elizabeth Wallace here Truman began school at eight years of age His two passions reading and music helped him gain a strong education and high grades His large glasses and vast knowledge also alienated himself from other children After graduating in 1901 his future was unclear His poor eyesight barred him from military service and his families financial situation would not allow him to go on to college Truman worked as a time keeper for thirty five dollars per month at Sante Fe Railroad He still read up on histories and encyclopedias when he could find the time He moved to Kansas City and worked as a clerk for the Kansas City Star he then began work at the National Bank of Commerce and finally the Union National Banks book keeper He returned home in 1906 after his grandfathers death The family had inherited a farm in Grandview Missouri and for ten years Truman worked and became quite a successful farmer He had his first small taste of politics when he joined the local democratic party organization run by Mike Penergast He was made Grandview
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