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On February 13, 1885, First Lady Elizabeth “Bess” Truman was born in Independence, Missouri

February 13, 2025

On February 13, 1885, First Lady Elizabeth “Bess” Truman was born in Independence,
Missouri. Though a private person, she actively served as her husband’s confidante and secretary during his time in the White House. ☎️ 🖊 📁

Did you know? The president wrote over 1,000 letters to Bess between 1910 and 1959. These “Dear Bess” letters reveal not only his trust in her opinion, but his changing views over time and insight into some of the most important historical events of the era, including the Potsdam Conference, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights Movement.

 

 

 

Bess Truman, Greta Kempton, 1952

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer

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February 13, 2025
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