FIRST LADY BESS W. TRUMAN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/27/1948 - HFSID 16546
Sale Price $270.00
BESS W. TRUMAN
The First Lady is glad Mr. Wooten did not select an unidentified picture.
Typed Letter Signed: "Bess W. Truman" as First Lady, 1p, 6¼x9¼. The White House, Washington, 1948 January 27. To Mr. Wooten. In full: "Many thanks for your note and the attached clipping. You were thoughtful to send it. Of course, I am glad to learn you did not select the picture. Margaret and I are looking forward to our visit to New Orleans, even though it will be a brief one. Very sincerely," In 1919, 35-year-old Harry S Truman married 34-year-old Elizabeth "Bess" Wallace. When six-year old Harry Truman first met five-year-old Bess Wallace in a Sunday School class in Independence, Missouri. Harry later said it was love at first sight. At his death in 1972, Harry and Bess Truman had been married for 53 years but they had known each other for an incredible 82 years! On her first day in the White House, First Lady Bess Truman made breakfast, made the bed, washed dishes, dusted, vacuumed and then read a detective novel, The Crimson Claw. Unlike her predecessor, Eleanor Roosevelt, she gave no press conferences and usually responded to any questions with a terse: "No comment". She tried to curb her husband's salty, blunt language. When one society matron complained that the President had used the word "manure" in public, Bess replied that it had taken her 20 years to get him to say "manure". At her death in 1982 at 97, she had lived longer than any other First Lady. The Truman's only child, Margaret, was born in 1924. She married the associate editor of "The New York Times", Clifton Daniel, in 1956 and had four sons. Lightly soiled at right blank margin. Fine condition.
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