The Truman Inn is the home for students interested in exploring their legal career options.
Professor/Associate Dean Jeffrey Berman
Professor Aaron House
Group Two - Tuesday, November 15, 12 p.m. - Berkowitz Oliver, 2600 Grand Blvd, KCMO
Harry Truman was born in Lamar, Mo., in 1884. He clerked for two Kansas City banks and helped run the family farm for 10 years. From 1905-11, Truman served in the Missouri National Guard and helped organize the Second Regiment of the Missouri Field Artillery. He joined the reserves after the war and quickly earned the rank of colonel. In 1922, he was elected to be one of three judges of the Jackson County Courthouse, where he built a reputation for honesty and efficiency. It was after he was appointed judge that he attended the Kansas City School of Law at the age of 39 where he attended for two years and left without graduating.
In 1934, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and re-elected in 1940, gaining national prominence as chairman of the Senate’s special committee to investigate a national defense program. In 1944, he was nominated to run as vice-president with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and became president after Roosevelt’s unexpected death in 1945. Truman was the nation’s 33rd president and oversaw the ending of the war in Europe. Truman returned to UMKC for the school’s 50th anniversary as a guest lecturer and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws.
During his presidency, he saw the founding of the United Nations, several foreign policies and achieved some important civil rights legislation. In 1948, Truman won re-election with his famous “Whistlestop”campaign. He retired in Independence, Mo., and became known as Mr. Citizen.