1. Date of Birth & Birth Place
Harry S. Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri. 2. Childhood
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 teacher twice a week. He read four or five histories or biographies a week and acquired an exhaustive knowledge of great military battles and of the lives of the world’s greatest leaders. In 1901, when Truman graduated from high school, his future was uncertain. College had been ruled out by his family’s financial situation, and appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point was eliminated by his poor eyesight. 4. Family
Harry S. Truman’s family included his...