What does the "S" in Harry S. Truman stand for?
The "S" is not an abbreviation. Truman was given a middle initial, but not a middle name. Truman's parents chose "S" as his middle name to please both of his grandfathers, a common practice among the Scots-Irish. The "S" in Harry S. Truman refers to the names of both of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. In 1962, Truman told reporters that they should not use a period after the S, because it didn't stand for anything. He may have been joking; he himself often wrote his middle initial followed by a period. At any rate, the ruling of most style manuals is to include the period.
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