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Harry S. Truman
1. Date of Birth & Birth Place
Harry S. Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri.
John A. Truman sold and bought livestock form a lot adjacent to their
house when Harry was first born. When Harry was ten months old the
Trumans sold their house and stocklot to move to Harrisonville, Missouri.
From Harrisonville they moved to Belton, then to Grandview, and finally
settled in Independence, Missouri when Harry Truman was six years old.
President Truman was the oldest of three children and the only one born in
Lamar. His brother John Vivian, was born on April 25, 1885, at Belton,
Missouri and his sister, Mary Jane, was born August 12, 1889, in Grandview,
Missouri. Harry grew up on a farms all his life. he was forbidden to play
roughhouse games because of his glasses. He was a bookworm--a sissy, as
he said himself later on, using the dreaded word.
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 te...