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


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.


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