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President Harry S. Truman and Mrs. Bess Truman on the porch of their Independence, Missouri home, 1953

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After his presidency, Truman returned to his home in MO with his only income his old army pension, which was no more than $112.56 per month. Congress later passed the Former Presidents Act to give U.S. President's pensions. Truman had numerous offers from lg. corporations for work, but turned them all down, stating: "I knew that they were not intereseted in hiring Harry Truman, the person, but what they wanted to hire was the former Pres. of the U.S.

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November 19, 1959: Former President Harry S. Truman greeting Senator John F. Kennedy at the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri.

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