Harry Truman: The Complicated Story of an Unexpected President

Robert Watson – Lynn University

Harry Truman grew up in Independence, Missouri, and during World War I was sent to France as a captain in the Field Artillery. He went on to become the 33rd president of the United States from 1945 to 1953, succeeding upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt after serving as Vice President.  Truman was the epitome of an ordinary person who rose to extraordinary heights during one of the most critical periods in our history. This talk will discuss how this former farmer and haberdasher who lacked a college degree became one of our greatest presidents, his unique decision style, and lessons from Truman’s leadership relevant for us all today. Along the way, Professor Watson will share some funny Trumanisms!