PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN - BOOK PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: MAJOR GENERAL WALLACE H. GRAHAM - HFSID 50474
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HARRY S TRUMAN and WALLACE GRAHAM
Harry S. Truman and Wallace Graham sign a black and white book photograph of them discussing some business.
Book Photograph signed: "Harry Truman" and "Wallace H. Graham/Maj. Gen. U.S.A.F.R. - M.C." B/w, 7¼x5 overall, image 6x3½ (one surface). Captioned at lower margin: "With Major General Wallace Graham, Presidential Physician." Portion of book text on verso. WALLACE H. GRAHAM (1910-1996) was Truman's personal White House physician from 1945-1953 and his family physician from 1945 until Truman's death in 1972. Graham, a veteran of WWII, became Chief of Section in surgery at Walter Reed Army Hospital at the time he became White House physician. In addition to first having an office in the White House, Graham also traveled with the President, riding behind him in motorcades and accompanying him on trips both at home and abroad. He also treated members of Truman's staff and Truman's family, including his wife, Bess, his daughter, Margaret, and the mothers of both Harry and Bess. In addition to treating Truman for pneumonitis, Graham, who was trained as a surgeon, also removed Truman's gall bladder and appendix after Truman left office. He retired in 1987. HARRY S TRUMAN (1884-1972), who became the 33rd U.S. President (1945-1953) upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 12, 1945, had known Graham's father, who was also a physician, since the early 1920s, when both were members of Army Reserves Officers Association in Kansas City, Missouri. During Truman's term as Democratic U.S. Senator from the state (1935-1945), the elder Graham had tried to introduce his son to Truman, but the younger Graham was occupied with medical school and military training before taking part in the war in Europe as part of the 101st Airborne. Lightly creased. Fine condition.
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