Harry R. Truman (October 30, 1896[1] – May 18, 1980) was an American businessman, bootlegger, and prospector. He lived near Mount St. Helens, an active volcano in the state of Washington, and was the owner and caretaker of Mount St. Helens Lodge at Spirit Lake near the base of the mountain. Truman came to fame as a folk hero in the months leading up to the volcano's 1980 eruption after refusing to leave his home despite evacuation orders. He was killed by a pyroclastic flow that overtook his lodge and buried the site under 150 ft (46 m) of volcanic debris.

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Harry R. Truman
Truman near his lodge in 1980, a few months before his death
BornOctober 30, 1896[1]
DiedMay 18, 1980(1980-05-18) (aged 83)
OccupationBootlegger, prospector, caretaker of the Mount St. Helens Lodge
Spouse(s)Helen Irene Hughes (divorced)
Marjorie Bennett (divorced)
Edna O. Henrickson (deceased)
Military career
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army Air Service
Years of service1917–1919
Unit100th Aero Squadron
Battles/warsWorld War I

After Truman's death, his family and friends reflected on his love for the mountain. In 1981, Art Carney portrayed Truman in the docudrama film St. Helens. He was commemorated in a book by his niece, and also in various pieces of music, including songs by Headgear, Billy Jonas, and Shawn Wright and the Brothers Band.

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