“ He took him [Abraham] outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
~ Genesis 15:5 ~ ~ ~
“And so from this one man, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.” ~ Hebrews 11:12
Elizabeth "Bess" Virginia
Wallace Truman (1885-1982) = Former First
Lady. Favorite colors: Plum, Blue. Born in Independence, MO on February 13 to
David Willock, a banker, and Margaret "Madge" Gates Wallace . She was
the eldest and only daughter of four children. With blue-eyes and golden curls,
Bess, in her future husband Harry S. Truman's estimation, was the
"sweetest, prettiest girl" he had ever seen when he saw her for the
first time in Sunday School at the age of six. She was very popular and she
graduated from the Independence High School in 1901. She also attended the
Barstow School for Girls in Kansas City, for a year.
When Harry moved to Grandview, MO. to help his fatherwith the farm and while he was away at war, they wrote letters regularly.
They were married on June 28, 1919, at an Episcopal
Church and lived in her widowed mother's home. In 1924, Mary Margaret, their
first and only child, was born there.
When Harry became active in politics, first in Kansas
City, then in Washington D.C., she traveled with him and fulfilled the social
obligations of her position as a Judge's wife, a US Senator's wife, and First
Lady after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. During Harry's second
term, they were denied the pleasure of living in the White House until early
1952, while the century-old Executive Mansion underwent a major renovation.
During this time, they lived in Blair House instead. Inlate 1952, she welcomed Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower
as the new First Lady to the White House. She was looking forward to going home
to Independence. Her chief enjoyments there were reading books from her library
and devoting time to friends and family such as her daughter, Margaret, and
husband, Clifton Daniel, and their four grandsons.
More to Read:
1. Our First Ladies: Martha Washington to Pat Ryan Nixon.
By Jane & Burt McConnell. 1969.
2. The First Ladies. By Margaret Brown
Klapthor. White House Historical Association, Washington, D.C., 1979.
3. American Inaugurals: The Speeches, the Presidents, and
Their Times. By Kristen Woronoff. Blackbirch Press, New York, 2002.
4. The Presidents In American History. By Dr. Charles A.
& Wm. Beard, PhD. Julian Messner, New York, 1935; re-printed 1977.
5. Presidents of the United States. Jane
& Burt McConnell.
6. Childhoods of the American Presidents. By William O. Foss.
McFarland & Co, 2005.
7. Homes and Libraries of the Presidents. By William G.
Clotworthy. McDonald & Woodward, 2008.
8. Hospital Hill: an Illustrated
Account of Public Healthcare Institutions in Kansas City,
Missouri. James L. Soward, Kansas City: Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation, 1995 9. Sister-in-law, Miss Mary Jane Truman's biography.