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Harry S. Truman was born on May 8, 1884, in a tiny house in Lamar, a small town in southwestern Missouri. His parents named him Harry, after his uncle Harrison Young. They couldn’t agree on a middle name, though. They chose the initial “S.” It worked for both grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. When Harry was two years old, his brother, John Vivian, was born. Three years later, their sister, Mary Jane, joined the family.