ADA Presidents Album
Doctor Truman, of Philadelphia, was elected thirty-fourth president of the Association at the 1896 meeting at Saratoga Springs, New York. In his acceptance address, he said he would work to "overcome the apathy" which he said had characterized the Association in recent years. Doctor Truman was a professor of dental physiology and operative dentistry at the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery from 1865 to 1876. He incurred the antagonism of many dentists by strongly advocating the admission of women to the dental profession. From 1882 to 1896, after practicing in Germany several years, he was with the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry, first as a professor of dental pathology, therapeutics and materia medica, and later as dean. Doctor Truman was prominent as a dental editor and as an investigator of dental materials. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1826 and died in 1914.
American Dental Association, "ADA President 1896-1897: James Truman" (1977). ADA Presidents. 103.