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Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman (1884 – 1972)1

Truman was the 33rd President of the United States of America; he played the piano.

Measured by the time and effort expended, the most important activity in his life was the piano.  […] He began going twice weekly to Kansas City for lessons with Mrs. E. C. White, a gifted piano teacher…  […] She opened a new world for him and his response was to work with exceptional determination, practicing two hours a day without fail, beginning at five o’clock every morning.

David McCullough in the Biography Truman2

When he became a man, music remained his first passion after politics, and he often said that if he had been a good pianist he never would have become President.  ‘I missed being a musician,’ he said, ‘and the real and only reason I missed being one is because I wasn’t good enough.’

Harry Truman The Piano Player from TrumanLibrary.Org 3