What did President Truman's middle initial stand for?The first person to correctly comment on this story about what the "S" stands for in Harry S. Truman gets a free UNMC lapel pin.
If you don't know, maybe you can find out today when Dr. William Worley brings his Harry Truman impersonation to campus today for a Durham Museum presentation.
Where: Sorrell Center, Room 2010. Employees are encouraged to bring lunch.
What: Dr. Worley will step in to the former president's shoes to show how his willingness to make difficult decisions during and after World War II have brought him to historic consideration as one of America's top 10 presidents. Learn how Truman gained the nomination for vice-president -- which he did not seek -- in 1944 that led to his becoming president when President Franklin Roosevelt died in April 1945.
Who: Dr. Worley is a historical consultant, teacher and author who holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Kansas.
No middle name, just letter "S" ... . .
The S stands for Shipley. The last name of his biological father. His mother stole him away from his father at the age if 5, moved away to another town in Missouri, remarried and named him by her new married name.
I'm trying to think of a topic lately that has garnered so many responses as the question about Harry Truman's middle initial. Can't think of one...great job PR in getting peoples' attention on an educational opportunity!
He didn't have a middle name. His advisors made him use an S. for campaigning purposes, so his name sounded better to voter.s
The S in Harry S. Truman refers to the names of both of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young.
The answer would be nothing.His grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young could not agree on what Harry's middle name should be ,so Harry was given only a middle initial "S" which stood for Solomon or Shipp depending on which side of the family one asked.
It didn't stand for anything. The army assigned it to him in World War I. You had to have a middle initial for military records. My grandfather had no middle initial, and the army gave him a "J" in World War I.
I believe it was that his mother and father wanted to name him after someone from both sides of their familie which began with the letter "S" and they couldn't decide so they just gave President Truman the initial S. He is the only President to have a letter as a middle name.
Harry Truman s middle name really was just "S." According to the Truman Library the "S" was a compromise between the names of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young.
The S. doesn't stand for anything. My grandpa was the same way with a middle initial of "C" that didn't stand for anything.
from what I recall, his S stood for nothing except being named after his 2 grandfathers. I do geneaolgy, and haved looked him up before.
It was just the letter "S".
The S doesn't stand for anything. Both of his grandfathers had an S initial in their names, so it was in their honor so to speak, but it isn't short for anything.
Truman's middle initial Truman did not have a middle name, but only a middle initial. It was a common practice in southern states, including Missouri, to use initials rather than names. Truman said the initial was a compromise between the names of his grandfathers, Anderson Shippe Truman and Solomon Young. He once joked that the S was a name, not an initial, and it should not have a period, but all official documents, and his presidential library all use the name with a period. The Harry S. Truman Library states publicly that it has numerous examples of the signature written at various times throughout Truman's lifetime where his use of a period after the "S" is very obvious.
The S was the name his parents gave him in honor of his two grandfathers, it wasn't an 'initial'.
The S doesn't stand for anything!
The "S" was his "middle name". It did not stand for anything. It was used to please both of his Grandfathers, both of them had an "S" in their initials.
The S is just that. It doesn't stand for anything.
Harry Truman's middle name was only te initial "S"
Harry Truman only had a middle initial. The initial was given in honor of both of his grandfathers' middle names, Solomon and Shippe.
The "S" in Harry Truman's name didn't stand for anything. He did not have a middle name, and chose the letter S to make is appear that he did.