Harry S. Truman served in combat in World War and became a senator from Missouri. He was the third vice president to serve under F.D.R. and became president when Roosevelt died in 1945. Truman first came to national prominence as head of the Truman Committee, exposing waste, fraud and corruption in wartime contracts. Harry S. Truman concluded World War II, making the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan. After the war, he assisted in founding the United Nations and passed the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe. The Truman Doctrine was issued to contain Communism, and he oversaw the beginning of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. In 1950, he sent troops to Korea when communist North Korea invaded democratic South Korea.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
Harry S. Truman was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as vice president. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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