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  •  You're correct, I remember reading that in (1+ / 0-)
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    McCullough's book as well. And the "S" is properly not followed by a period, as would be necessary if it were the abbreviation for "Shipp."

    Wiki says: "They chose "S" as his middle initial to please both of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. The "S" did not stand for anything, a common practice among the Scots-Irish."--David MuCullough, "Truman."

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      even better !!
      my dad had no middle name, either.
      had to 'pick one,' for being an undergraduate at Texas A&M, so he chose 'Barrett.' why, yes, it is !! it's for his admiration of William B. Travis, who had written this letter.

      my dad's great grandfather was Richard E. Shipp of Georgia. Harry's great grandfather was Richard Shipp of Virginia. Dad and Harry were 7th cousins, once removed.
      (Harry's was 1 generation prior to Dad's.)

      (cue fluttering of breast feathers puffing out...♥)

      well, i must confess to having been the recipient of an 'official' textbook-cum-comicbook version of Texas history, multiple decades ago, and therefore perhaps have an unfortunate tendency to rely on poorly-vetted sources of so-called facts, but i do know about beans.

      and will continue to be proud for my family, but not for everything. these family stories are never 'true' or 'right' or wrong: they are a continual discovery.

      i believe i may have relied on a genealogical book for the reference for Harry's "S" and will GLADLY defer to David McCullough (and probably interlibrary his "Truman" for a good read!) -- 'Big Boy' and 'Little Boy,' anyone ?

      well what a big ball of green feathery words this turned into. apologies.

      Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

      by greenbird on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 12:49:46 PM PDT

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