Bess Truman

Bess Truman ( born February 13, 1885 in Independence, Missouri, † October 18, 1982 ibid; actually Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman ) was the wife of U.S. President Harry S. Truman and First Lady of the United States from 1945 until 1953.

Life in the White House, in particular the lack of privacy, Bess Truman did not like much. They tried to reduce public appearances to a minimum, and were in the nearly eight years of the presidency of her husband only a single press conference. In this memorable event, the journalists were allowed to submit written questions which were then answered mostly monosyllabic or "no comments".

The Truman returned to the two terms of office in 1953 returned to her hometown of Independence. After her husband's death in 1972 she lived in retirement and died at 97 years, which she reached the highest age of all previous First Ladies.

Harry and Bess Truman's daughter was the best-selling author Mary Margaret Truman Daniel, among other things, also a member of the Board of Directors of Truman Presidential Library in Independence was.