Birth: May 8, 1884
Death: December 26, 1972
Term of Office: April 12, 1945 - January 20, 1953
Number of Terms Elected: 2 Terms; Succeeded Franklin Roosevelt after his death in 1945 and then elected to second term
First Lady: Elizabeth "Bess" Virginia Wallace
Harry Truman Quote: "I'm going to fight hard. I'm going to give them hell."
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Major Events While in Office:
- Atomic Bombs Dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (1945)
- End of World War II (1945)
- United Nations Created (1945)
- Nuremburg Trials (1945-1946)
- Truman Doctrine (1947)
- Taft-Hartley Act (1947)
- Israel Created (1948)
- Marshall Plan (1948-1952)
- NATO Treaty (1949)
- Korean Conflict (1950-1953)
- Twenty-Second Amendment Ratified (1951)
- Hydrogen Bomb Detonated (1952)
States Entering Union While in Office:
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