Bess Truman
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Bess Truman
Bess Truman, was the wife of Harry S. Truman and First Lady of the United States from 1945 to 1953. She had known her future husband since they attended the same school in Independence, Missouri. As First Lady, she did not enjoy big social events, and was relieved to quit Washington. Dying at 97, she remains the longest-lived First Lady.
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Five things to know: The Bingham Exhibit draws to a close - Blue Springs Examiner
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The library is at 500 US 24 (US 24 and Bess Truman Parkway). 4 The exhibit also includes other Bingham paintings as well as papers that describe the atmosphere – chiefly Confederate guerrilla William Quantrill's infamous raid on Lawrence, Kan.,
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Karen DeCrow: Betty Ford's GOP fought for women and their rights - Syracuse.com
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Bess Truman was criticized for being uninvolved in politics. Jackie Kennedy was criticized for decorating the White House. Her predecessors had been assailed for being dowdy; she was assailed for being fashion-conscious. Lady Bird Johnson was the
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Whither British Journalism? - CounterPunch
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Nor even a passing remark about Bess Truman's guilt for her spouse's disastrous decision to nuke Japan twice in three days! How about Hilary Clinton who stood by while her husband oversaw the dismantling of Glass-Steagall and now, as Secretary of State
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Just Folks: Couple settles down after life of traveling, searching for books - Lebanon Daily News
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Frances had tea with Bess Truman, wife of former president Harry S. Truman, at the White House and the two met Barbara Bush, former first lady, wife of George HW Bush. They also saw King Tut relics and pyramids in Egypt, as well as a camel caravan,
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Independence, Missouri - Wagon Trails to Washington-Bound - FedSmith.com
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The City Limits Tour also includes a view of where Bess Truman was born and the Bingham Waggoner Estate where frontier artist George Caleb Bingham lived. The longest tour — which lasts 60 to 75 minutes — is the Full City Tour and also includes the
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Presidential decendents author two books - West Branch Times
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Bess Truman thought her business was hers and nobody else's, so she destroyed her half of the more than 2600 letters she and Harry exchanged during their courtship and marriage. While making an inventory of the Truman home in the 1980s,
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Sen. John Kerry to House GOP: Negotiate to End Stalemate - The State Column
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He would listen long into the night, and often write letters home to his wife Bess Truman. One night, late after a long debate – he wrote, “I hear my colleagues, and I pinch myself and ask, how did I get here?” Several months went by and then, again,
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Once-in-a-lifetime art exhibits: Just days left for one, a few weeks for another - Blue Springs Examiner
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The library is at 500 US 24 (US 24 and Bess Truman Parkway), just north of McCoy Park. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday. Also, the museum is open until 9 pm on Thursdays in the summer. Admission is $8 for adults
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A woman who stood for something - Salon
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... to become the third-longest-living first lady in history (Bess Truman died at 97, Lady Bird Johnson at 94), but rather for what she did with the public role she was thrust into and the values of justice and compassion she exemplified all her years
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Community notes - Kansas City Star
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Women are invited to share tea with a former assistant to Bess Truman at 1 pm July 12 at the Liberty Silver Center. Val Howard worked with the former first lady for five years. Her presentation will include anecdotes of her life with Truman
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Take a virtual tour of Truman's private life - Blue Springs Examiner
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When Bess Truman passed away in 1982, she left her Independence home to the United States – with one condition. As long as her daughter, Margaret Truman Daniel, was alive, the second floor of the home would remain closed to the public
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Literary Datebook | June 26-July 2 - Kansas City Star
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Barnes & Noble Country Club Plaza, 420 W. 47th. www.bn.com (816-753-1313) CLIFTON TRUMAN DANIEL: Grandson of President Harry S. Truman will speak and sign his book “Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman's Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943
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Truman's grandson to speak at World War I museum - Blue Springs Examiner
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By Anonymous Clifton Truman Daniel, the grandson of Harry and Bess Truman, will speak at 11 am Monday at the World War I museum, 100 W. 26th Street, Kansas City. Daniel will discuss his grandfather's presidential years and home life
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Conan O'Brien Can't Stop - Detroit Metro Times (blog)
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Is there another talk show host who can earn belly laughs with off-the-cuff references to Bess Truman and painter David Hockney? Maybe, but few of them could do it with the speed and mental acuity on display here, when O'Brien shows off the wit that
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CSL celebrates a new era - Blue Springs Examiner
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“I'm quite certain that first lady Bess Truman and the other women in her Bible group who founded CSL could not have imagined what their efforts helped create,” said Michael Levine, CSL executive director. “Certainly, they could not have imagined that
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Obamas return to Camp David after 8 month absence - CBS News
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First Lady Bess Truman reportedly found it dull. And daughter Margaret wrote in a 1973 memoir that "deep in the woods, Shangri-La was damp and cold." She called it "a terrible place" and said she went there as little as possible
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After 100 Years, Girl Scouting Continues to Grow - Patch.com
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First Lady Bess Truman with Girl Scouts in the White House in 1952. public domain/source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BessTrum "Come right over! I've got something for the girls of Savannah,
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Tried and tested: Picnic food - Telegraph.co.uk
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Bess Truman, a former First Lady, once said she liked lots of people until she went on a picnic with them. I find it is the same with food. It may seem like a grand idea to do lobster mayonnaise, but it is just a mess in the field
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bess Truman
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 97
    Bess continued to live quietly in Independence for the last decade of her life, being visited by her daughter and grandchildren. She died October 18, 1982, from congestive heart failure at the age of 97; a private funeral service was held October 21, afterwards she was buried beside her husband in the courtyard of the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri.
    More Details Hide Details Bess Truman remains the longest-lived First Lady in United States history.
  • 1972
    Age 87
    At the time of her husband's death in 1972 at age 88, she was 87, making them the oldest couple having occupied the White House at that time.
    More Details Hide Details Bess agreed to be the honorary chairman for the reelection campaign of Sen. Thomas Eagleton (D-Missouri).
  • 1965
    Age 80
    When President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law in 1965, the Trumans were the first to be given its benefits.
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  • 1953
    Age 68
    In 1953 the Trumans went back to Independence and the family home at 219 North Delaware Street, where the former president worked on building his library and writing his memoirs.
    More Details Hide Details Bess fully recovered following a 1959 mastectomy in which doctors removed a large, but benign, tumor.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1919
    Age 34
    Bess and Harry Truman married in 1919 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Independence.
    More Details Hide Details Bess found the White House's lack of privacy distasteful. As her husband put it later, she was "not especially interested" in the "formalities and pomp or the artificiality which, as we had learned, inevitably surround the family of the President Harry Truman." Though she steadfastly fulfilled the social obligations of her position, she did only what she thought was necessary. When the White House was rebuilt during Truman's second term, the family lived in Blair House and kept their social life to a minimum. In most years of her husband's presidency Mrs. Truman was not regularly present in Washington other than during the social season when her presence was expected. The contrast with Bess's activist predecessor Eleanor Roosevelt was considerable. Unlike her, Bess held only one press conference after many requests from the media. The press conference consisted of written questions in advance and the written replies were mostly monosyllabic along with many no comments. Bess's response to whether she wanted her daughter Margaret to become President was "most definitely not." Her reply to what she wanted to do after her husband left office was "return to Independence".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1903
    Age 18
    In 1903 her father got up very early one morning, climbed into the family bathtub and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
    More Details Hide Details According to biographer David McCullough, the cause for his suicide is unknown, with speculation ranging from depression to mounting debts.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1885
    Age 0
    Bess Truman was born Elizabeth Virginia Wallace on February 13, 1885, to David Willock Wallace (1860–1903) and his wife, the former Margaret Elizabeth Gates (1862–1952), in Independence, Missouri, and was known as Bessie during her childhood.
    More Details Hide Details She was the eldest of four; three brothers: Frank Gates Wallace, (4 March 1887 - 12 August 1960), George Porterfield Wallace, (1 May 1892 - 24 May 1963), David Frederick Wallace, (7 January 1900 - 30 September 1957). Harry Truman met Bess soon after his family moved to Independence, and the two attended school together until graduation. After graduating from William Chrisman High School (then known as Independence High School) she studied at Miss Barstow's Finishing School for Girls in Kansas City, Missouri.
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