Truman, Harry S

1925 bank check completed in Truman's hand and signed by him while in the "political wilderness"

Price: $225.00

Description:
(1884-1972) Born in Independence, Missouri, he spent most of his youth on his family's farm near Independence. In the last months of WW I, he served in combat in France as an artillery officer with his National Guard unit. After the war, he briefly owned a haberdashery in Kansas City, and joined the Democratic Party and the Pendergast political machine. With the help of Tom Pendergast's machine, Truman was elected in 1922 as County Court judge of Jackson County's eastern district, an administrative rather than judicial position (similar to county commissioner). He was not re-elected in 1924, losing in a Republican wave led by President Coolidge's landslide election to a full term. Two years selling automobile club memberships convinced him that a public service career was safer for a family man approaching middle age. In 1926, Truman was elected presiding judge with the support of the Pendergast machine, and he was re-elected in 1930. Truman was elected US Senator in 1934. He gained national prominence as chairman of the Truman Committee, formed in March 1941, which aimed to find and correct problems such as waste and inefficiency in Federal Government wartime contracts. Missouri Senator 1934-45, VP 1945, President 1945-1953 succeeding to office on death of FDR, elected in own right 1948. 2 3/4 x 6 1/4 City Bank of Kansas City engraved check completed in Truman's hand and dated June 24 1925 by him, paying $29.15 to W. G. Flor, Flor's endorsement and bank payment stamps on verso, cancellation holes not affecting content of signature. Truman checks are quite scarce!

Condition: Very good, 2 light folds
Type:Check






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