• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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Bess Truman: Childhood

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Harry Truman as a young boy. Credit: National Park Service

When Harry Truman was nine, he contracted a near-fatal case of diphtheria that paralyzed his arms and legs; he was pushed around in a baby carriage for several months until he regained the use of his limbs.