Harry S. Truman

U.S President

Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president of the United States from 1945 to 1953, succeeding upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt after serving as vice president. He implemented the Marshall Plan to rebuild the economy of Western Europe, and established the Truman Doctrine and NATO. 1 2 3

Daily Routine

Harry S. Truman rose at 7:30 am and begun his day, as advised by his physician, with a shot of bourbon and a big glass of orange juice. Accompanied by the secret service, the US president then embarked on a brisk walk around the compound before sitting to eat a typical breakfast of eggs, bacon, cereal, toast and milk at 8am. Truman’s working day commenced at 9am with a staff meeting in the lawn, followed by responding to various presidential documents and at 11am he swum and sunbathed at Fort Zach.

The president’s early afternoon was occupied with working lunches and meetings and it wasn’t until the late afternoon that he could afford more time to relaxation. For instance, Truman frequently allowed his staff to go deep-sea fishing although rarely did he accompany them, preferring instead to swim, read or take the occasional nap.

Evenings were usually a very social occasion with Truman inviting up to 14 guests to join him for dinner. After which, movies were screened in the living room for whoever was interested. Truman was also an avid poker player and would challenge guests to game.