• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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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.

Courtship & Marriage
Life in the Spotlight


Did You Know?

Portrait of Bess Wallace Truman. Credit: Truman Library

On her 52nd birthday, Harry wrote Bess, “I wanted to be there so badly to help you celebrate I don’t know how to express it.” Then he teased, “If your new dress doesn’t fit you, send it back and we’ll get a larger one.”