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Daily Appointments
of Harry S. Truman

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This Presidential Appointments Calendar is based upon the records contained in the
Matthew J. Connelly Files

Saturday, July 26, 1947
    Executive Orders:  [9877 FUNCTIONS OF THE ARMED FORCES]
    [Public Papers: Statement by the President Upon Signing Bill Authorizing Redemption of Veterans' Terminal Leave Bonds]
9:35 am (EDST) The President received an emergency call from
his sister, Miss Mary Jane Truman, regarding
the critical condition of his mother and decided
to fly immediately to Grandview Airport,
Grandview, Missouri.
11:45 am (EDST)The President, accompanied by Dr. John R. Steelman,
Secretary Matthew J. Connelly, Admiral James H.
Foskett, and other members of the staff, departed
the White House for the ATC Terminal, National
Airport, where at 12.30 p.m. (EDST) the President
and his party took off aboard Army Plane 451 for
the trip to Grandview Airport, Grandview,
12:15 pm (EDST)Prior to the take-off the President signed S. 758.
The National Security Act of 1947 (Unification
Bill) in his room aboard the plane immediately
upon its arrival and delivery by Mr. Leslie
Biffle, Mr. Carl A. Loeffler, Secretary of the
Senate and Mr. Herbert Miller, Chief of Records at
the White House.
12:26 pm (EDST) (11:26 a.m. CST) While in flight over Cincinnati,
Captain Charles Mills received a radio message from the Secret
Service, requesting the President be informed that
his mother died at 11:00 a.m. (CST). The
message was delivered to Secretary Matthew Connelly, who
in turn gave it to Brigadier General Wallace
Graham for delivery to the President.
4:25 pm (EDST)(3.25 p.m. CST)The Presidential plane arrived at Grandview.
The President was met by Mrs. Truman, Miss
Margaret Truman, and Mr. J. V. Truman, and
immediately after the greeting they entered waiting
cars, accompanied by Secretary Charles Ross and General
Wallace Graham, and immediately proceeded to the Grandview
residence of his late mother, arriving at 3.40 p.m.(CST)
6:15 pm (EDST)(5.15 p.m. CST)The President, accompanied by Mrs. Truman and
Miss Margaret Truman, departed Grandview and
motored direct to their home in Independence,
arriving at 5.50 p.m. (CST) The President remained
at home for the evening.

Truman Photographs for July 26, 1947
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Waiting for Truman's Plane to Arrive in Grandview

The creation of this online resource was made possible in part by funding from the William T. Kemper Foundation - Commerce Bank, Trustee.