The Public Papers of Harry S. Truman contain most of President Truman's public messages, statements, speeches, and
news conference remarks. Documents such as Proclamations, Executive Orders, and similar documents that are published in the Federal Register
and the Code of Federal Regulations, as required by law, are usually not included. The documents within the Public Papers
are arranged in chronological order. President Truman delivered the remarks or addresses from Washington, D. C., unless
otherwise indicated. The White House in Washington issued statements, messages, and letters unless noted otherwise.
(Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1966)
The Public Papers contain items such as the Statement by the President Announcing the Use of the A-Bomb at Hiroshima
(August 6, 1945), the Special Message to the Congress on Greece and Turkey: The Truman Doctrine (March 12, 1947),
the White House Statement Announcing Recognition of the Government of Israel (January 31, 1949), the Statement and
Order by the President on Relieving General MacArthur of His Commands (April 11, 1951), and The President's Farewell
Address to the American People (January 15, 1953).
January 1, 1949
ON DECEMBER 12, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution approving the conclusions of the report of the United Nations Temporary Commission on Korea and declaring in part "that there has been established a lawful…
January 3, 1948
I HAVE signed today an Executive order which delegates certain authority vested in me by S.J. Res. 167 which I signed on December 30.
Responsibility for consulting with representatives of industry, business, and agriculture in reaching…
January 3, 1946
Dear General Bradley:
I have today given my approval to H.R. 4717, an enactment to establish a Department of Medicine and Surgery in the Veterans' Administration.
I recognize the emergency situation which confronts the…
January 3, 1950
Dear Mr. Cooke:
For more than a century, the Federal Government has played a vital role in harnessing our water resources and converting them to the beneficial and productive use of the Nation.
Over this period our water resources…
January 2, 1952
AFTER extensive study of the matter with the Secretary of the Treasury, I have decided to institute a sweeping reorganization of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
This reorganization is part of a program to prevent improper conduct in the…
January 4th, 1947
Dear Mr. Baruch:
The Secretary of State has handed me your letter of resignation as the Representative of the United States on the Atomic Energy Commission.
At first I was reluctant to accept the resignation. However, upon reflection,…
January 3, 1951
THE Excess Profits Tax Act of 1950, which I have signed today, is the second step the Congress has taken since the start of aggression in Korea to help meet the rapidly rising costs of national defense. The Congress and its committees…
April 12, 1945
THE WORLD may be sure that we will prosecute the war on both fronts, east and west, with all the vigor we possess to a successful conclusion.
NOTE: The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice Harlan F. Stone at 7:09 p.m. in the…
January 16, 1947
I am exceedingly pleased to receive your joint letter of January 16 in which you advise that you have reached full and complete agreement on a plan for the unification of the armed services.
I recognize that each…
January 14, 1952
[Released January 14, 1952. Dated January 10, 1952]
To the Congress of the United States:
Pursuant to the provisions of subsection (b) of Section 6 of the Trade Agreements Extension Act of 1951 (Public Law 50,
January 19, 1948
To the Congress of the United States:
I transmit herewith Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1948, under the Reorganization Act of 1945, which transfers the United States Employment Service and the Bureau of Employment Security to…
January 12, 1951
THE Federal Civil Defense Act of 1950, which I have signed today, is designed to protect life and property in the United States in case of enemy assault. It affords the basic framework for preparations to minimize the effects of an…
April 25, 1945
[ Delivered from the White House by direct wire ]
Delegates to the United Nations Conference on International Organization:
The world has experienced a revival of an old faith in the everlasting moral force of
justice. At no…