THE PRESIDENCY: Plain Man at Gettysburg

Like many a man with lesser burdens, Harry Truman needed to get away from it all. Physically, he was taking the strain well—his personal physician, Lieut. Colonel Wallace H. Graham, said: "At 62, the President has the body of a man of 40 and the reactions of a man 20 years younger." In 14 months, he had gained ten pounds, a deep tan and the resiliency of second youth. But mentally he needed a rest, and he wanted it without "traveling like a circus."

As civil servants streamed out of Government offices shutting down for the four-day Fourth of July...

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