President Harry S. Truman: Vital Statistics

About the President of the United States Harry S. Truman and his vital statistics including birthday and place, and death date and place.


Born: May 8, 1884, in Lamar, Mo. In 1957, his birthplace was purchased by the United Auto Workers and presented to the State of Missouri as a historic site. Located at 1009 Truman street (U.S. 71), it is open to the public daily except Mondays. Admission: free.

Died: December 26, 1972, at the age of 88. For 22 days at Kansas City's Research Hospital Truman had been stubbornly holding on to life, until he lost consciousness for the last time on Christmas Day. Doctors described the cause of death as "organic failures causing a collapse of the cardiovascular system." Truman was buried in Independence, Mo., the town that had been his home for more than 70 years. Originally, he had approved plans by the U.S. Army for an elaborate State funeral. "A damn fine show. I just hate that I'm not going to be around to see it." His widow, however, insisted on a quick and simple ceremony. Truman was laid to rest in the courtyard of the Harry S Truman Library, near a stand of pin oaks, flowering cherry, and hawthorn trees. This library, housing millions of papers from his Presidency, also includes a museum and a replica of his White House office. It is open to the public daily. Admission: 50 cent.

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