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Harry S Truman
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Throughout the 1948 presidential campaign, only Harry Truman's staunchest supporters held out hope that he could prevail against Republican challenger John E. Dewey. Poll after poll predicted a solid Dewey victory, and when early returns on election night showed the Republican in the lead, the banner headline in the early morning edition of Chicago Daily Tribune confidently proclaimed "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN." But the final vote tally told a very different story. To the astonishment of pollsters and pundits alike, Truman scored a stunning come-from-behind victory with 303 electoral votes. After celebrating his triumph at an impromptu gathering in his hometown in Missouri, the president boarded the train for Washington. During a brief stop in St. Louis, where a cheering crowd filled the station, the jubilant Truman held aloft the now-famous newspaper with the erroneous headline.
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Frank Cancellare, 1910 - 1985
Harry S Truman, 8 May 1884 - 26 Dec 1972
Gelatin silver print
Image: 18.7 x 24.1cm (7 3/8 x 9 1/2")
Sheet: 20.6 x 25.4cm (8 1/8 x 10")
Mat: 35.6 x 45.7cm (14 x 18")
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National Portrait Gallery
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