President Harry Truman Fast Facts

33rd President of the United States

Harry Truman and MacArthur
Harry Truman and General MacArthur. Underwood Archives/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Harry Truman (1884-1972) was a self-made man. He started out with a job to help his parents make ends meet before entering World War I. After the war, he owned a hat shop and got involved in local politics in Missouri. He quickly rose through the ranks of Democratic hopefuls before finally being nominated as President Franklin Roosevelt's Vice President.

Following is a list of fast facts for Harry Truman, America's thirty-third President. 


May 8, 1884


December 26, 1972

Term of Office:

April 12, 1945 - Jan. 20, 1953

Number of Terms Elected:

2 Terms; Succeeded Franklin Roosevelt after his death in 1945 and then elected to second term in 1948.

First Lady:

Elizabeth "Bess" Virginia Wallace

Harry Truman Quote:

"I'm going to fight hard. I'm going to give them hell."

Major Events While in Office:

States Entering Union While in Office:

  • None

Related Harry Truman Resources:

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  • Harry Truman Biography: Want a more detailed look at Harry Truman's life from his childhood through his time as president? This biography provides detailed information to help you gain a better understanding of the man and his administration.
  • Overview of World War II: World War II was the war to end aggression by ruthless dictators. The allies fought for humane treatment of all people. This war is characterized by extremes. People remember the heroes with fondness and the perpetrators of the Holocaust with hatred.
  • The Manhattan Project Timeline: One day before America entered World War II with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Manhattan Project officially began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's approval over the objections of some scientists including Albert Einstein. J. Robert Oppenheimer was the project's scientific director.
  • Korean Conflict: The war in Korea lasted from 1950-1953. It has been called the forgotten war because of its placement between the glory of World War II and the agony caused by the Vietnam War.