How Harry S. Truman became President of the United States, is one of America's most interesting stories. But it took Truman a while to get there and it's important to know his history. Harry S. Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri. His father, John Anderson Truman and his mother Martha Ellen Young Truman were both Democrats. Young Truman grew up a farm boy. In 1901 Harry graduated from high school and had planned to attend college, but his hopes were spoiled when his father's business investment soured and most of the family's money was lost.
In 1905 Harry joined the National Guard. He was part of the artillery unit, Battery B. He remained in the National Guard until 1911. In April 1917, the United States entered World War me and Truman reenlisted. He was later assigned to the 129th Field Artillery in France, as Captain, and then placed in command of Battery D.
His command fought on the combat line in the Battle, Who Run, in the Allied offensive against the Germans at St.-Mihiel and also in the Argonnes Forest, which was the largest battle American soldiers had ever fought. On November 11, 1918, Germany surrendered and Captain Harry Truman received an honorable discharge.
The summer after he arrived back in the states, he married his childhood sweetheart, Bess Wallace. Margaret Truman, their daughter and only child, was born some years later on February 17, 1924. Truman and an army buddy, Eddie Jacobson, opened a men's clothing store in Kansas City, Missouri. The store was profitable until 1921, when the recession hit and his business were ruined.
THE EARLY YEARS
Now begins Truman's long political rise to the presidency. Truman had always been somewhat interested in politics and when in that same year (1921),