President Truman’s Whistle-Stop Campaign in 1948

Harry S Truman addressing the crowd at a train stop in Baltimore in June of 1948. (Robert F. Kniesche/Baltimore Sun)

We came across a great photo of President Truman on a train in Baltimore, so we did a little digging. Here’s the article that we dug up in The Baltimore Sun on June 19th, 1948. Remember that this was the election in which Truman beat Dewey. This is the excerpt:

President Truman, tanned, apparently in perfect health and obvious in a happy, optimistic frame of mind, greeted and was greeted by several thousand Baltimoreans yesterday during the fifteen minutes his special train stopped over at the Pennsylvania Station.

Unofficial estimates of the crowd which heard Mr. Truman, Mayor D’Alesandro and Joseph R. Byrnes, president of the State Senate, give breif addresses from the back platform of the President’s observation car ranged upward from 2,000 persons.

“Mr. Mayor and my friends in Baltimore, it certainly is a fine thing for me to receive a welcome like this in Maryland’s first city and particularly from your great Mayor, whom I have known for many years in the Congress,” Mr. Truman said.

Here’s the great old photo shows President Harry S. Truman addressing a crowd at a Baltimore campaign stop in June of 1948.

Harry S Truman addressing the crowd at a train stop in Baltimore in June of 1948. (Robert F. Kniesche/Baltimore Sun)
Harry S Truman addressing the crowd at a train stop in Baltimore in June of 1948. (Robert F. Kniesche/Baltimore Sun)

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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