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America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
Bess Truman
First Lady: 1945 - 1953
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  • Bess Truman program
  • Clifton Truman Daniel's Childhood Toys
  • 1955 CBS "Person to Person" Interview
  • White House Portrait
  • 1946 Bridge Club visit to the White House
  • Her Style
  • 1945 Airplane Christening Event
  • Harry & Bess Meeting
  • Independence Home Tour with grandson Clifton Truman Daniel
  • Her Personality
  • Influence on her Husband
  • Her Image
  • Life in the White House
  • Family Life
  • Edith Mayo on Bess Truman's Influence
  • Her Letters
  • After the White House
  • "The Boss"
  • Marriage
  • Life in Independence, MO
  • Her Influence
  • Bess Truman Tribute
  • 110th Birthday Celebration
  • Her Image
  • Marriage and the Presidency
  • Cokie Roberts on Bess Truman as First Lady
  • Book Discussion on Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure
  • Letters to Bess Truman
  • Presidential Descendants
  • First Ladies through the Eyes of their Descendants
  • After Words with Clifton Truman Daniels


Bess Truman

Harry S. Truman
We are not any of us happy to be where we are but there’s nothing to be done about it except to do our best—and forget about the sacrifices and many unpleasant things that pop up.

Born - February 13, 1885 in Independence, Missouri

Parents - David Willock Wallace & Madge Gates Wallace

Married - June 28, 1919 to Harry S. Truman

Children - “Mary” Margaret (1924 – 2008)

Education - Barstow School for Girls in Kansas City, Missouri

Occupation - Husband’s Senate secretary

Post White House residence - Independence, Missouri

Died - October 18, 1982 in Independence, Missouri

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