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Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Harry S. Truman


Object Type: Photograph
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2013.0005.0067

Credit Line: Gift of Estrellita Karsh, in honor of Mark M. Johnson, and in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Harry S. Truman (1884–1972) In 1944 President Roosevelt unexpectedly chose the Missouri senator as his running mate. Roosevelt died four months after inauguration, thrusting Truman onto the world stage. In the almost eight years of his presidency, Truman moved from crisis to crisis with courage and vision. Historians rank him highly for the wisdom of his major decisions. In Faces of Destiny (1946), Karsh noted “a certain frank skepticism about him that seemed to make him a perfect representative of the state whose people take nothing for granted and have to be shown.”

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