When Harry Tru­man ar­rived by train in 1948

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Jacques Kelly THEN AND NOW jacques.kelly@balt­sun.com

Pres­i­dent Harry Tru­man’s visit to Baltimore dur­ing his 1948 cam­paign was ca­sual by to­day’s stan­dards.

He ar­rived by train at Penn­syl­va­nia Sta­tion. Rail­road of­fi­cials told the pub­lic not to en­ter the sta­tion to see the pres­i­dent. He would be in the rai­l­yard on the west side of Charles Street — and spec­ta­tors were told to use a set of steps to a lower out­side plat­form.

Baltimore’s lo­cal Demo­cratic politi­cos turned out in force. They were led by Mayor Thomas J. D’Ale­san­dro Jr. and his friend and Lit­tle Italy neigh­bor, Joseph Ber­torelli, as well as U.S. Sen. Ge­orge Rad­cliffe, City Coun­cil Pres­i­dent C. Mark­land Kelly, and po­lit­i­cal boss James H. “Jack” Pol­lack.

The Baltimore Sun’s ac­count said 2,000 per­sons turned out. The pres­i­dent shook hands with a 14-year-old Polytech­nic In­sti­tute stu­dent, Paul M. Hoff, who lived on Bev­erly Road.

The pres­i­dent said, “I have had a grand trip, and this is a won­der­ful windup to that trip.”

The Sun also re­ported that po­lice “checked all hand­bags and parcels car­ried by spec­ta­tors as they went down the stair­way.” Mem­bers of the sea­men’s union marched along Charles Street with plac­ards con­demn­ing Tru­man’s la­bor poli­cies. “How­ever, the po­lice stopped them and the Pres­i­dent never did see the plac­ards,” the ar­ti­cle said.

A sep­a­rate Sun re­port head­lined: “Tru­man re­turns to Wash­ing­ton, ready to veto more bills.”

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