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President Harry Truman - Career & Financial Facts

1. President Harry Truman's parents built their first home for $685 and sold it one year later for $1,600.00. President Harry Truman's first job was at Clinton's Drugstore doing odd jobs. He was paid $3 per week. He bought his mom a gift with his first "paycheck" of three silver dollars. Source Harry S. Truman: A Life By Robert H. Ferrell

2. When he left office President Harry Truman's only income was from his Army pension which totaled $111.96 per month.

3. Harry Truman was paid $600,000 in 1953 for his memoirs, however, the tax rate was 67%!

4. Out of the $600,000 former President Harry Truman was paid for his memoirs he netted $37,000. Some of his expenses for the book included paying researchers, stenographers, and ghostwriters, not to mention the 67% tax rate he had to pay.

5. President Harry Truman bought his first car, a 1911 Stafford, for $600 in 1914. He sold it to an Army sergeant for $200 in 1917.

6. In 1947 Harry Truman was the first President to put a TV in the White House. It cost $1,795 and he had it placed by his desk in the Oval Office.

Source: Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure by Matthew Algeo

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