• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

Oral Histories: O

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?

Bess and Margaret Truman at the 1944 Democratic Convention. Credit: Truman Library.

Bess Truman’s full name was Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman. Margaret Truman’s full name was Mary Margaret Truman. Her married name was Margaret Truman Daniel. Harry S Truman National Historic Site, Missouri