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Harry S. Truman
April 12, 1945: In the midst of World War II, Vice President Harry S. Truman—Missouri's only president—assumed the role of president following the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.