Harry S. Truman assumed the presidency upon the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. In what many observers called the greatest upset in presidential election history, Truman won his own full term in 1948 defeating three other candidates: Thomas Dewey (Republican), Strom Thurmond (States’ Rights Democratic), and Henry Wallace (Progressive) who finished in that order. The design on this button is very similar to one used in Roosevelt’s campaigns and by many subsequent candidates.
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