Harry S. Truman

Presidential portrait of Harry S. Truman, painted by Greta Kempton in 1945.
Harry S. Truman (1884 – 1972). 1

Truman was the 33rd President of the United States of America; he played the piano.

Measured by the time and effort expended, the most important activity in his life was the piano.  […] He began going twice weekly to Kansas City for lessons with Mrs. E. C. White, a gifted piano teacher…  […] She opened a new world for him and his response was to work with exceptional determination, practicing two hours a day without fail, beginning at five o’clock every morning.
David McCullough in the Biography Truman 2
When he became a man, music remained his first passion after politics, and he often said that if he had been a good pianist he never would have become President.  'I missed being a musician,' he said, 'and the real and only reason I missed being one is because I wasn’t good enough.'
Harry Truman The Piano Player from TrumanLibrary.Org 3
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Page Sources

Kempton, Greta, and uploaded by Edgar Allan Poe.  Presidential Portrait of Harry S. Truman.  1945.  Harry S. Truman Library, Independence.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 31 March 2007.  Web.  26 Sept. 2015.  Public Domain.
McCullough, David.  Truman.  New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992: pg. 52.  Google Books.  Web.  18 Oct. 2015.
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.  “Harry Truman the Piano Player.”  Truman Library.  Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, n.d.  Web.  18 Oct. 2015.