• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

Bess Truman: Childhood


Did You Know?

Portrait of General Douglas MacArthur. Credit: Truman Library

In what some consider his bravest action, President Truman relieved General MacArthur of his command in 1951. MacArthur’s popularity soared temporarily, while Truman’s plummeted. Today, most people recognize the confrontation as an example of a president enforcing civilian control over the military.