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Tue July 15, 2014

Harry Truman: The 'Senator From Pendergast' Got His Start With Missouri Political Machine

President Harry S. Truman
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On July 15, 1948, President Harry S. Truman received the Democratic nomination for president – hardly an upset as he was already president. He took his first oath of office on April 12, 1945, following the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Truman’s entrance to politics, however, hardly suggested a rise to the presidency. He grew up on a farm, worked as bank clerk and ran a men’s clothing business that failed. After that, politics looked like the only good career option.

At that point, political boss Tom Pendergast largely ran Kansas City politics.

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