LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Two U.S. Senators from Missouri introduced a bill Thursday that would name D.C. Metro’s Union Station after Missouri native and 33rd President Harry S. Truman.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) notes that “there is no memorial to Truman in Washington, D.C., or even a statue to honor him in the U.S. Capitol.”
“It would be a fitting tribute to have the train station just a short walk from the Capitol, that played such an important role in his presidency, bear the name of this great leader,” she says.
Before airplane travel became common, U.S. Car No. 1 was the equivalent of today’s Air Force I. Union Station was home to the specialized rail car, and Truman used it extensively throughout his time in the White House. He and President Franklin D. Roosevelt were the only two presidents to do so.
Truman’s famous “whistle-stop campaign” tour began and ended at Union Station, and he departed D.C. from there after President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s inauguration in 1953.
Congress does have the authority to rename Union Station since it is technically owned by the federal government. McCaskill’s proposed name change is “Harry S. Truman Union Station.” Her bill is cosponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).