May 08, 2017
WASHINGTON – Commemorating the 133rd anniversary of the birth of Missouri native and former U.S. President Harry S. Truman, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Claire McCaskill today renewed their legislation to rename Washington, D.C.’s Union Station the “Harry S. Truman Union Station.”
“It is an honor to work in the same Senate offices as Harry Truman, whose tenacity, character, and courage to confront difficult problems are values admired by fellow Missourians and people across the country,” said Blunt. “Naming our capital’s train station after President Truman is a fitting way to honor his legacy, and I hope my colleagues will support this bill.”
“Harry Truman was a true Missouri straight-talker, a gutsy investigator of fraud and abuse in government, and a beloved President who earned the nickname ‘America’s Favorite Son’ – and I’ve been honored to carry on his legacy by serving in the Senate seat he once held,” said McCaskill. “I think it’s past time we gave him a memorial in Washington that befits that legacy, and the iconic train station that played a key role in his Presidency, just a stone’s throw from the Capitol, is the perfect place for that honor.”
Union Station was home to the Presidential rail car, U.S. Car No. 1, which was used extensively by Truman during his time in the White House. When Truman left Washington, D.C., aboard the train car to embark on his famous “whistle-stop campaign” tour, his journey began and ended at Union Station. The day after his reelection, Truman returned to Washington, via Union Station. As he made his way from Union Station to the White House, more than 750,000 people welcomed him back to the city. Following the inauguration of President Eisenhower in 1953, Truman departed from Union Station by train one last time with his wife, Bess. More than 5,000 people squeezed on the platform to see them off.
Union Station is owned by the federal government, giving Congress the authority to rename the station.