“So armed, he proved that the ordinary American is capable of grandeur.”
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Independence, Missouri, was dedicated on July 6, 1957.
Have the library gave purpose to his days. Truman was there in total six and a half days a week for nine years. Attendance at the library was up to more than 150,000 people a year, that delighted him.
He objected only to lying in state in Washington. He wanted to be buried “out there,” he had said, turning in his chair to look into the courtyard. ” I want to be out there so I can get up and walk into my office if I want to.” (p.988)
Truman died in Kansas City’s Research Hospital and Medial Center on Tuesday, December 26, 1972, at the age of 88. Bess Truman died in 1982 and buried beside him in the courtyard of the Truman Library.
On Chapter 18 Citizen Truman, David McCullough eloquently describes Truman’s grandeur:
The responsibilities he bore were like those of no other president before him, and he more than met the test.
So armed, he proved that the ordinary American is capable of grandeur. And that a President can be a human being…” (p.989)
Ambitious by nature, he was never torn by ambition, never tried to appear as something he was not. He stood for common sense, common decency. He spoke the common tongue. (p. 991)
He was the kind of president the founding fathers had in mind for the country. He came directly from the people.( p.991)
The homely attributes, the Missouri wit, the warmth of his friendship, the genuineness of Harry Truman, however appealing, were outweighed by the larger qualities that made him a figure of world stature, both a great and good man, and a great American President.” (p.991)