Historical Figures

Harry Truman

Born into a farming family, Truman served in World War I and opened a business upon his return before entering politics and becoming a senator from Missouri in 1934.

He was vice-president during Roosevelt's second term, and on his death in April 1945 he replaced him as president; it is he who will decide to drop the A-bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

He leads a conservative domestic policy, but continues external interventionism in the European organization and the foundation of the UN. He developed the Truman Doctrine aimed at stemming communism in Europe using the Marshall Plan, and launched the Berlin Airlift in 1948.

Narrowly re-elected the same year, he supervised the creation of NATO in 1949 and involved the UN in the Korean conflict of 1950. He finally let the conflict in Asia escalate, and his political situation deteriorated following numerous corruption scandals; he lost the 1952 elections to Eisenhower.

1884 - 1972



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