Truman at a Democratic rally in Brookfield, Missouri, on October 12, He ran for office at the urging of Tom Pendergasta powerful Kansas City politician. He was responsible for overseeing the county budget, hiring and firing county clerks, road crews, and other county employees. Results of County Planning, published in
Eisenhowerthe most popular general of World War II and a favorite in the polls. Unlike the latter movement within the Democratic party, however, the Republican draft movement came largely from the grassroots of the party. By January 23,the grassroots movement had successfully entered Eisenhower's name into every state holding a Republican presidential primary, and polls gave him a significant lead against all other contenders.
With the first state primary approaching, Eisenhower was forced to make a quick decision. Stating that soldiers should keep out of politics, Eisenhower declined to run and requested that the grassroots draft movement cease its activities. After a number of failed efforts to get Eisenhower to reconsider, the organization disbanded, with the majority of its leadership endorsing the presidential campaign of the former Governor of MinnesotaHarold Stassen.
DeweySenator Robert A. Vandenberg from Michigan, the senior Republican in the Senate. Dewey, who had been the Republican nominee inwas regarded as the frontrunner when the primaries began.
Dewey was the acknowledged leader of the Republican Party's Eastern Establishment. In he had been re-elected governor of New York by the largest margin in state history. Dewey's handicap was that many Republicans disliked him on a personal level; he often struck observers as cold, stiff, and calculating.
Taft was the leader of the Republican Party's conservative wing, which was strongest in the Midwest and parts of the South. Taft called for abolishing many New Deal welfare programs, which he felt were harmful to business interests, and he was skeptical of American involvement in foreign alliances such as the United Nations.
Taft had two major weaknesses: He was a plodding, dull campaigner, and he was viewed by most party leaders as being too conservative and controversial to win a presidential election. Their supporters, however, hoped that in the event of a Dewey-Taft-Stassen deadlock, the convention would turn to their man as a compromise candidate.
General MacArthur, the famous war hero, was especially popular among conservatives. Since he was serving in Japan as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers occupying that nation, he was unable to campaign for the nomination.
He did make it known, however, that he would accept the GOP nomination if it were offered to him, and some conservative Republicans hoped that by winning a primary contest he could prove his popularity with voters.
They chose to enter his name in the Wisconsin primary. In he served on the committee that created the United Nations. Stassen was widely regarded as the most liberal of the Republican candidates, yet during the primaries he was criticized for being vague on many issues.
Stassen stunned Dewey and MacArthur in the Wisconsin primary; Stassen's surprise victory virtually eliminated General MacArthur, whose supporters had made a major effort on his behalf.
Stassen defeated Dewey again in the Nebraska primary, thus making him the new frontrunner. He then made the strategic mistake of trying to beat Taft in Ohio, Taft's home state. Stassen believed that if he could defeat Taft in his home state, Taft would be forced to quit the race and most of Taft's delegates would support him instead of Dewey.
Taft defeated Stassen in his native Ohio, however, and Stassen earned the hostility of the party's conservatives. Even so, Stassen was still leading Dewey in the polls for the upcoming Oregon primary. Dewey, however, realized that losing another primary would end his chances at the nomination, and he decided to make an all-out effort in Oregon.
The daily Portland Oregonian carried five Dewey advertisements a day. He "invaded every hamlet, no matter how isolated, speaking at rural crossroads and shaking hands in hamburger stands.
One journalist commented that Dewey was the greatest explorer of Oregon since Lewis and Clark. Held on May 17,it was the first-ever radio debate between presidential candidates. The sole issue of the debate concerned whether to outlaw the Communist Party of the United States.
Stassen, despite his liberal reputation, argued in favor of outlawing the party, stating his belief that a network of Soviet-directed Communist spies "within the U.Not every presidential speech makes history (or even does much good), but Harry Truman’s presidential acceptance address at that year’s Democratic National Convention at Philadelphia certainly does—and on two levels.
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Truman Library. Our thanks to Jim Borwick and Dr. Rafee Che Kassim at Project Whistlestop for critical assistance in the implementation of the search function, and to Scott Roley at the Truman Library for facilitating this collaboration. Apr 08, · US President Harry S. Truman delivers a speech following the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan during World War 2.
President of the United States Harry S. Truman . During his few weeks as Vice President, Harry S. Truman scarcely saw President Roosevelt, and received no briefing on the development of the atomic bomb or the unfolding difficulties with Soviet.
Nov 12, · Harry S. Truman was born on May 8, , in the farm community of Lamar, Missouri, to John Truman (), a livestock trader, and Martha Young Truman ().
(Truman’s parents gave him. Truman presided over t he final few months of World War II, finally giving his authorization to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
During his two terms as president he faced many challenges. As a matter of fact, no one expected Truman to be re-elected to the presidency in Harry S Truman Speeches Disc A Chicago.