The President Of The United States Essay

1493 Words Apr 17th, 2016 6 Pages
The 33rd President of the United States came to power at a crucial, transitional time for the Nation. Harry S. Truman succeeded to the presidency during the final months of the World War II. Truman had to guide the Nation through the end of the war, the atomic bomb, and the beginning of the Cold War. Throughout his first and second terms, he faced crucial decisions that were detrimental for the future of the American foreign policy and that would leave a legacy.
Harry S. Truman was born into a humble farm family in Missouri. He was an intelligent boy, who was eager to learn, but did not have the opportunity to go to college or to enroll in the U.S. Military Academy due to his poor sight. He became involved in a variety of jobs until he decided to go back to farming and joined the National Guard. He was 33 years old when he volunteered to serve in World War I. He was sent to France in early 1918 to participate in the war. After Truman was able to come back from the war, he started his political career as Jackson County’s presiding judge. Twelve years later, he was appointed Junior Senator from Missouri. Arthur H. Vandenberg, Republican Senator from Michigan, and President John Nance Garner were interested in Truman due to his “common sense and knowledge of government and history” (“Harry S. Truman: Biography & Presidency” 1). These men helped Truman to be appointed to two important committees, the Interstate Commerce Committee and the Appropriations Committee. During his…

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