thirty-third President of the United States
Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States. The final running mate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, Truman succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945, when Roosevelt died after months of declining health. Under Truman, the United States successfully concluded World War II; in the aftermath of the conflict, tensions with the Soviet Union increased, the start of the Cold War. Truman was born in Missouri, and spent most of his youth as a farmer.