Press Release Announcing U.S. Recognition of Israel

(1948)

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Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States, was born on May 8, 1884, in Lamar, Missouri, but settled with his family in nearby Independence, Missouri. He learned to farm from his father and remained very close to his mother throughout her life. Truman attended public school and received religious instruction at a Presbyterian Church Sunday school. He was the only twentieth-century president not to have a college degree, but as a young man he was drawn to the study of history, learned to play the piano, and was already attracted to politics, aligning himself with the Democratic Party. He also worked as a timekeeper for the Santa Fe Railroad.

In 1905 Truman enlisted in the Missouri National Guard and served for six years despite poor eyesight, which prevented him from going to West Point to pursue a military career. While he was in the National Guard, he met both Edward Jacobson, a Jewish man with whom he later entered into a business...

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