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Harry S. Truman
president of the United States from 1945 to 1953
Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president of the United States, serving from 1945 to 1953. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the 34th vice president from January to April 1945 under Franklin Roosevelt and as a United States Senator from Missouri from 1935 to January 1945. Having assumed the presidency after Roosevelt's death, Truman implemented the Marshall Plan to rebuild the economy of Western Europe and established both the Truman Doctrine and NATO to contain the expansion of communism. He proposed numerous liberal domestic reforms, but few were enacted by the Conservative Coalition which dominated the Congress.
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Justice remains the greatest power on earth. To that tremendous power alone will we submit.
The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not to dominate the world.
The difficulty with businessmen entering politics, after they've had a successful business career, is that they want to start at the top.
Everybody has the right to express what he thinks. That, of course, lets the crackpots in. But if you cannot tell a crackpot when you see one, then you ought to be taken in.
I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have the sense to do without my persuading them. That's all the powers of the President amount to.
Well, I wouldn't say I was in the 'great' class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great.
On leaving the White House: If I'd known how much packing I'd have to do, I'd have run again.
I would rather have peace in the world than be President.
Some of the presidents were great and some of them weren't. I can say that, because I wasn't one of the great presidents, but I had a good time trying to be one, I can tell you that.
I have found that the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want, and then advise them to do it.
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