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2024 Primary Election

"The Man from Independence"

Truman standing outside home with hat in left hand. Independence Truman Home is in the background.

Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the United States, proudly called Independence, MO, home.

Long before his fascinating presidency—which included the atomic bombing of Japan, the outbreak of the Cold War, and the Korean WarHarry Truman was just a farm boy from Independence. 

At six years old, Truman met his future wife at Sunday school here. At 14, he worked his first job on the Historic Independence Square. Later, he got his start in politics at the Jackson County Courthouse.

The qualities that guided Harry Trumanas a farmer,  judge, senator, and, eventually, as president of the United States (1945–53)were instilled in Independence.

Even after his presidency, Truman returned home to Independence, MO, a place he fondly called “the center of the world.”

Today, Harry Truman’s legacy is alive and well. Whether it’s a tour of the Truman Library or a milkshake on the Square, we invite you to explore all the ways to discover Harry Truman in Independence.

“I tried never to forget who I was, where I came from, and where I would go back to.”


Harry Truman chatting with reporters on Historic Independence Square.