Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Presidential campaign, 1952

Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, October 5, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

Sunday, Oct. 5, 1952

We arrived here Friday evening Oct. 3rd after a trip across the continent from Washington beginning Saturday night September 27th. Stopped at Wooster, Ohio for church Sunday Sept. 28th. Went to church in the oldest one in town-140 year old Baptist church-Bethany Church of Wooster. The preacher had an impediment in his speech-but when he started his sermon it was forgotten. He gave us a lesson I won't forget.

We started the political campaign at Fargo North Dakota early in the morning, 8:30 A.M. Not so early by farmer standards, but by easterner getting up time, very early.

It was necessary to set the pattern of the "Whistle Stop Campaign" at the first official stop. We did it by changing the Republican slogan, "Look ahead Neighbor" to "Look out Neighbor". That slogan was stressed all the way across North Dakota and Montana.

At Spokane Washington, we really started the Whistle Stop technique. From here it was tops.