The Birthday of Harry Truman

Today marks the birth of the 33rd president of the United States—Harry S. Truman. He never went to college, but was educated not only in history but in a thorough knowledge of the Bible. With the sudden death of President Franklin Roosevelt on April 12, 1945, a little-known vice resident became president of the United States in what would be the final year of World War II.

On April 16, 1945, President Harry Truman addressed a joint session of Congress. Using words from 1 Kings 3:9, he said, “As I have assumed my heavy duties, I humbly pray Almighty God, in the words of King Solomon, ‘Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart. . .that I may discern between good and bad; for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?’”

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