Margaret Truman

Born Feb 17, 1924

Mary Margaret Truman Daniel, also known as Margaret Truman or Margaret Daniel, was an American singer who later became the successful author of a series of murder mysteries and a number of works on US First Ladies and First Families, including a biography of her father, President Harry S. Truman. The only child of President Truman and First Lady Bess Truman, she was "a witty, hard-working Midwestern girl with singing talent who was neither particularly pretty nor terribly plain."… Read More

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1924 Birth Born on February 17, 1924.
1934 10 Years Old She attended school in Independence until her father's 1934 election to the U.S. Senate, after which her education was split between schools in Washington, D.C. and Independence.


1942 18 Years Old In 1942, she matriculated at George Washington University, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi and earned a B.A. in History in 1946.


1944 20 Years Old In June 1944, she christened the battleship USS Missouri at Brooklyn Navy Yard (and spoke again in 1986 at the ship's recommissioning).
1947 23 Years Old After operatic vocal training, Truman's singing career began with a debut radio recital in March 1947.
1950 26 Years Old Reviewers were not always kind, but her father was fiercely protective: when in 1950 Washington Post music critic Paul Hume wrote that Truman was "extremely attractive on the stage... but cannot sing very well. … Read More
1951 27 Years Old Truman's professional acting debut occurred April 26, 1951. … Read More
1952 28 Years Old On March 17, 1952, Truman was guest soloist on The Railroad Hour in a presentation of Sari. … Read More


1955 31 Years Old She became part of the team of NBC Radio's Weekday show that premiered in 1955, shortly after its Monitor program made its debut. … Read More
1956 32 Years Old On April 21, 1956, Truman married New York Times reporter (and later editor) Clifton Daniel at Trinity Episcopal Church in Independence; he died in 2000. … Read More
1957 33 Years Old She appeared several times as a panelist (and once as a mystery guest) on the game show What's My Line? and guest-starred more than once on NBC's The Martha Raye Show. In 1957, she sang and played piano on The Gisele MacKenzie Show … Read More


2008 84 Years Old In later life, Truman lived in her Park Avenue home. She died on January 29, 2008, in Chicago (to which she was relocating to be nearer her son Clifton). … Read More
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