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
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 who’s
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 Bank’s 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 Postmaster. Truman invested some money in Lead mines and then oil fields. He sold
his stocks and enlisted in t...