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Truman by lindsey leverett Harry S Truman Early Life Harry S Truman the oldest of three children born to Martha Ellen Young Truman and John Anderson Truman was born in his familys small frame house in Lamar Missouri in 1884 Truman had no middle name his parents apparently gave him the middle initial S because two family relatives names started with that letter When Truman was six years old his family moved to Independence Missouri where he attended the Presbyterian Church Sunday school There he met five-year-old Elizabeth Virginia Bess Wallace with whom he was later to fall in love Truman did not begin regular school until he was eight and by then he was wearing thick glasses to correct extreme nearsightedness His poor eyesight did not interfere with his two interests music and reading He got up each day at 5 AM to practice the piano and until he was 15 he went to the local music teacher twice a week He read four or five histories or biographies a week and acquired an exhaustive knowledge of great military battles and of the lives of the worlds greatest leaders Early Career In 1901 when Truman graduated from high school his future was uncertain College had been ruled out by his familys financial situation and appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point was eliminated by his poor eyesight He
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