Tag Archives: Bess Wallace Truman

Harry Truman, Poker and The Buck Stops Here

President Harry Truman’s desk sign “The Buck Stops Here” is usually construed as an assumption of responsibility. The Origin of “The Buck” The saying, however, derives from a poker term (and HST was a long-time poker player). In the wild … Continue reading

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The Courtship of Bess and Harry Truman

Bess Wallace and Harry Truman courted (sort of) for nearly thirty years. Little Boy Harry and Little Girl Bess: Writing of his courtship many years after his marriage, Harry Truman said he first fell in love with Bess Wallace when … Continue reading

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Mrs. Truman and the Housekeeper

Bess Wallace Truman would not tolerate any disregard to her authority. Bess Wallace: Homebody Bess Wallace (1885-1982) was the granddaughter of a well-to-do flour mill owner from Independence, MO. Her mother, Madge Gates, was a spoiled and self-centered woman, who … Continue reading

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Bess Truman: The Family Secret

Few First Ladies hated the position more than Bess Truman. Bess Truman becomes First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s example was daunting enough for anyone, but for Bess Wallace Truman, all she wanted was to go in a completely different direction:  Back … Continue reading

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