Relationship of Ralph E. Truman and Olive L. Truman with Harry S. Truman: 1940 Senatorial Campaign


Essay documenting the role Ralph E. Truman and Olive L. Truman played in the 1940 U.S. Senatorial campaign in Missouri. Olive describes how Governor Lloyd C. Stark asked for Ralph's support for Stark's senatorial campaign, as Stark had recently appointed Ralph to a General. After Ralph put his support towards the reelection of his cousin Senator Harry S. Truman, Stark attempted to have Ralph's status as General revoked. In response, Ralph, Olive, and Bennett C. Clark resolved to get another Democratic candidate to enter to decrease Stark's chance of nomination. After convincing Maurice M. Milligan that he could win by splitting Stark and Truman's votes, Milligan entered and lost to Truman in August 1940.

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Ralph E. Truman Papers
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