• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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Reathel Odum

Reathel Odum

Odum, Reathel
Interviewed October 10, 1988

Reathel Odum was Bess W. Truman's personal secretary from 1945 to 1953. Odum discusses living in the White House, Madge Gates Wallace, guests of the Trumans during the presidency, and visiting the Truman home in Independence.

Interview Not Transcribed

 

Did You Know?

President Truman wins a fishing trophy in Boca Chica, Florida. Credit: Truman Library

About human nature, Harry Truman said, “In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves and their carnal urges. Self discipline with all of them came first.”