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For Leonard Siegel, meeting Harry Truman was a life-changing experience.

In fall 1948, Siegel was a freshman at John Carroll University near Cleveland when he went with a group of friends to see the president on a campaign swing around Ohio.

Having ascended to the White House upon the death of Franklin Roosevelt in 1945, the former vice president wasn't given much of a chance in that year's presidential election against Republican Thomas E. Dewey....

Siegel, 82, who retired in 1992 as a professor of history at California University of Pennsylvania, said he was guided from that day on by Truman's never-give-up spirit....

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