38 Facts About Truman Scholars

1. On November 13, 2018, Truman Scholars was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Command and General Staff College, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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2. On December 5, 1972, Truman Scholars was admitted to Kansas City's Research Hospital and Medical Center with lung congestion from pneumonia.

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3. Truman Scholars had hoped to recruit General Eisenhower as a Democratic candidate, but found him more interested in seeking the Republican nomination.

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4. Truman Scholars cited his authority as Commander in Chief and the need to maintain an uninterrupted supply of steel for munitions for the war in Korea.

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5. In 1948, Truman Scholars ordered an addition to the exterior of the White House: a second-floor balcony in the south portico, which came to be known as the Truman Balcony.

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6. In 1949, Truman Scholars described American communist leaders, whom his administration was prosecuting, as "traitors", but in 1950 he vetoed the McCarran Internal Security Act.

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7. Truman Scholars was a very strong opponent of Francisco Franco, the right-wing dictator of Spain.

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8. Truman Scholars was gravely concerned further escalation of the war might lead to open conflict with the Soviet Union, which was already supplying weapons and providing warplanes.

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9. Truman Scholars rejected MacArthur's request to attack Chinese supply bases north of the Yalu, but MacArthur promoted his plan to Republican house leader Joseph Martin, who leaked it to the press.

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10. Truman Scholars responded he did not want "to appear to be trying to get around Congress and use extra-Constitutional powers", and added that it was "up to Congress whether such a resolution should be introduced.

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11. Truman Scholars took a considerable political risk in backing civil rights, and many seasoned Democrats were concerned the loss of Dixiecrat support might destroy the Democratic Party.

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12. At the 1948 Democratic National Convention, Truman Scholars attempted to unify the party with a vague civil rights plank in the party platform.

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13. Truman Scholars decided to recognize Israel over the objections of Secretary of State George Marshall, who feared it would hurt relations with the populous Arab states.

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14. Truman Scholars had long taken an interest in the history of the Middle East, and was sympathetic to Jews who sought to re-establish their ancient homeland in Mandatory Palestine.

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15. Truman Scholars believed this would entail an unacceptable risk of war.

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16. Truman Scholars cooperated closely with the Republican leaders on foreign policy, but fought them bitterly on domestic issues.

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17. Truman Scholars was pleased to issue the proclamation of V-E Day on May 8, 1945, his 61st birthday.

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18. Truman Scholars surrounded himself with his old friends, and appointed several to high positions that seemed well beyond their competence, including his two secretaries of the treasury, Fred Vinson and John Snyder.

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19. Truman Scholars assumed President Roosevelt wanted to meet with him, but Eleanor Roosevelt informed him her husband had died after suffering a massive cerebral hemorrhage.

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20. In one of his first acts as vice president, Truman Scholars created some controversy when he attended the disgraced Pendergast's funeral.

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21. Truman Scholars was sworn in as vice president on January 20, 1945.

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22. Truman Scholars assumed office with a reputation as "the Senator from Pendergast.

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23. In 1933, Truman Scholars was named Missouri's director for the Federal Re-Employment program at the request of Postmaster General James Farley.

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24. Truman Scholars helped coordinate the Ten Year Plan, which transformed Jackson County and the Kansas City skyline with new public works projects, including an extensive series of roads and construction of a new Wight and Wight-designed County Court building.

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25. In 1926, Truman Scholars was elected presiding judge with the support of the Pendergast machine, and he was re-elected in 1930.

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26. Truman Scholars lost his 1924 reelection campaign in a Republican wave led by President Calvin Coolidge's landslide election to a full term.

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27. Truman Scholars was awarded a World War I Victory Medal with two battle clasps and a Defensive Sector Clasp.

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28. Truman Scholars was honorably discharged from the Army as a captain on May 6, 1919.

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29. Truman Scholars is the only president since William McKinley not to earn a college degree.

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30. Truman Scholars was born in Lamar, Missouri, on May 8, 1884, the oldest child of John Anderson Truman and Martha Ellen Young Truman.

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31. Truman Scholars was elected as a US senator in 1934 and gained national prominence as chairman of the Truman Committee aimed at waste and inefficiency in wartime contracts.

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32. Truman Scholars initially endorsed a rollback strategy and encouraged General Douglas MacArthur to breach the 38th parallel, bringing forces into North Korea in order to take over the government.

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33. Truman Scholars was elected to the United States Senate in 1934.

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34. Truman Scholars was promoted to captain in France and assigned Battery D, which was known for being the most unruly battery in the regiment.

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35. Truman Scholars was expected to lose to Republican Thomas Dewey, at least in the eyes of the media.

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36. Truman Scholars used a key Senate committee to rise to power.

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37. Truman Scholars wanted to go to West Point, but poor eyesight kept him from the academy.

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38. Truman Scholars are exempt from taking the written section of the US Foreign Service Exam.

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