Truman's Grandview Farm by Jon Taylor

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The rolling hills of southern Jackson County still shelter the white and green farmhouse Harry S. Truman occupied in the days before his journey to the Presidency. After the death of his father, the duties of the six hundred acre farm fell to twenty-two year-old Harry, who shouldered them from 1906 to 1917. It was here, in Grandview, that his nine year courtship with Bess Wallace took place and his ties with organizations like the Free Masons were forged. Drawing on photographs, letters and even farm receipts, historian Jon Taylor pieces together a picture of the farmer from Missouri whose humble beginnings prepared him to lead the country.