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First Ladies of the US Bess Truman Full Image

Elizabeth Truman

Elizabeth “Bess” Virginia Wallace Truman
Years of service: 1945-1953
Born: 1885

First Ladies of the US Bess Truman Full Image

After the suicide of Bess Wallace’s father and the social scandal it caused, Bess carried a life-long disdain for public attention. Caring for her devastated mother in the long aftermath was a heavy private burden. By the time she became First Lady, following in the daunting steps of Eleanor Roosevelt, she firmly refused to give press conferences. However, behind the scenes, she ceaselessly and devotedly worked beside her husband on all aspects of his political career. She made a rare public statement supporting a new steel structure to preserve and renovate the original but crumbling White House.


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4/30/2024 through 4/30/2025

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First Ladies as Teachers, Educators, and Librarians.

The right to an education is a foundational principle of America’s history, and many First Ladies have taken up this cause. We celebrate National First Ladies Day by kicking off this featured exhibit, presented by Huntington Bank.