The Election: The Vice-Presidency

In a suite atop Kansas City's Hotel Muehlebach, Harry S. Truman heard the big news. He had spent a middling busy day. In the morning, he and his pleasant-faced wife drove from Kansas City to Independence (pop: 16,066) to vote. Then the Trumans drove to nearby Grandview, shepherded the Senator's 91-year-old mother to the polling booth. In the evening, he gathered with old friends in his hotel suite, joked: "Everybody around here is nervous but me."

When first returns from Missouri indicated that the state might go Republican, Truman exclaimed: "Wow! I think that...

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