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The Presidency: Harry Truman at School 1892-1901

Kansas City, Missouri
Sunday, March 10, 2013

Harry Truman was by far the least formally educated president of the 20th century, with about nine years of schooling. Special assistant to the director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, Raymond Geselbracht, discusses what Truman's elementary and high school education reveals about the president and his character. This event took place at the National Archives in Kansas City and was hosted by the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library.

Updated: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:23am (ET)

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