• 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.

Childhood
Courtship & Marriage
Motherhood
Life in the Spotlight

 

Did You Know?

Truman making a speech on TV. Credit: Truman Library

The aspect of his administration that made him most proud, said Harry Truman, was the prevention of World War III, while he expected to be most remembered for the advent of the Cold War.