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Truman was a simple honest man His impact on world history however was much more thansimple In his life he would take part in both world wars and serve two terms in office asTruman was born in Lamar Missouri on May 8 1884 His full name was Harry STruman The S did not stand for anything but was put there to appease his two relatives whosnames started with s He was the eldest of three children with a younger brother Vivian and ayounger sister Mary Jane His parents were not rich but his mother Martha Ellen YoungTruman always found that money was there for piano lessons or books Truman moved toIndependence when he was six He went to the Presbyterian Church and attended Sunday schoolhe met his future wife Elizabeth Wallace here Truman began school at eight years of age Histwo passions reading and music helped him gain a strong education and high grades His largeglasses and vast knowledge also alienated himself from other children After graduating in 1901his future was unclear His poor eyesight barred him from military service and his familiesfinancial situation would not allow him to go on to collegeTruman worked as a time keeper for thirty five dollars per month at Sante Fe RailroadHe still read up on histories and encyclopedias when he could find the time He moved to KansasCity and worked as a clerk for the Kansas City Star he then began work at the National Bank ofCommerce and finally the Union National Banks book keeper He returned home in 1906 afterhis grandfathers death The family had inherited a farm in Grandview Missouri and for ten yearsTruman worked and became quite a successful farmer He had his first small taste of politicswhen he joined the local democratic party organization run by Mike Penergast He was madeGrandview Postmaster Truman invested some money in Lead mines and then oil fields He soldhis stocks and enlisted in the United states army in
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