• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

Bess Truman: A Lady First, Then a First Lady

Bess Wallace

Bess Wallace Truman

Truman Library

First Lady Bess Truman grew up in an affluent family, was a gregarious tomboy as a child and grew to be an extremely private politician's wife. To those who knew her, she was generous, loyal and always exuded the qualities of a true lady. This online exhibit explores the life of Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman from her childhood through her role as first lady.

Childhood
Courtship & Marriage
Motherhood
Life in the Spotlight

 

Did You Know?

U.S.S. Missouri at sea.  Credit: Truman Library

The Mutual Defense Assistance Act of 1949 promised assistance to any ally that might be attacked by the Soviet Union or one of its allies.