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Harry S. Truman

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Harry Truman was the thirty-third president of the United States. He served from 1945 to 1953, becoming president upon the death of president Franklin Roosevelt. Truman served only briefly as FDR's vice president and served as a senator from Missouri prior to that appointment. Truman's terms in office were heavily shaped by foreign affairs, including his decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan at the end of World War II, his leadership through the Korean War, and his policy of "containment" of communism. Harry Truman was the first Southern Baptist elected as president of the United States. He kept his personal faith largely private while in office, however, even alienating some Baptist leaders.