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

 

Last updated: September 2, 2022

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