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Silent home movie coverage of the Daniel family, c. 1968. This footage includes celebrations and vacations of Margaret Truman Daniel, her husband Clifton Daniel, their children Clifton Truman Daniel, William Wallace Daniel, Harrison Gates Daniel, and Thomas Washington Daniel; plus Margaret's parents, former President Harry S. Truman and Bess Truman.
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- Early life
David Wallace, Bess Trumans father. (HSTL)David Willock Wallace, born 15 June 1860, Independence, Missouri, County Treasurer, Deputy Surveyor in U.S. Customs Bureau Kansas City division, died 17 June 1903, Independence, Missouri.
David Wallaces parents migrated from Kentucky to Independence, Missouri in 1833 and were among its earliest settlers. In 1869, Benjamin Wallace, the future First Ladys paternal grandfather, was elected mayor. Elected to represent one of the districts of Jackson County, he then served in the Missouri legislature. In that position, he was able to get his fourteen-year old son David Wallace the job of a state senate clerk. In 1878, David Wallace used his own Democratic Party connections to get himself appointed as Independence Missouris Deputy Recorder of Marriage licenses, the position he held at the time of his own marriage.
His imploring of President Grover Cleveland in 1885 for the position of collector of the Kansas City Customs House was denied. In 1888 and 1890 he was elected as Jackson County treasurer but remained unemployed for a year once his second stint ended in 1892. In 1893, Wallace was successful in lobbying President Cleveland and was finally awarded the patronage position of Deputy Surveyor and Clerk at the Kansas City Customs House.
As a young woman, Madge Gates attended local public schools and then the private Independence Female College in 1875. Taking an additional independent course of music study with local piano teacher Madge Scott, she then left Independence in 1881 for a year of study at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
In later years, Harry and Bess Truman stand in front of her grandfathers home, where they lived their entire married life. (history.com)Ignoring her fathers concern that David Wallaces intention to rely upon local Democratic Party loyalty for political patronage appointments offered no viable potential for maintaining the privileges that wealth had allowed her to mature with, Madge Gates insisted on marrying him. Within months of their wedding, David Wallace had to mortgage the house he had only recently purchased for them, although he held onto the property and sold it three years later at a great profit.
Bess Truman as a toddler. (HSTL)Her husbands inability to secure and maintain a political position by election or appointment with any regularity created both financial and emotional tumult for his growing family. Raising four children under such insecure conditions, Madge Wallace began turning to her own father for reliable material support.
Bess Wallace with her brothers Fred, George and Frank. (HSTL)Eldest of five; three brothers, one sister: Frank Gates Wallace, (4 March 1887 - 12 August 1960), George Porterfield Wallace, (1 May 1892 - 24 May 1963), Madeline Wallace (exact birth and death dates unknown, approximately 1895-1898), David Frederick Wallace, (7 January 1900 - 30 September 1957)
Irish, English. Bess Truman's paternal Wallace ancestors came from Ireland to the U.S. in the 1700's. Her maternal grandmother was an orphan immigrant from England.
Bess Truman stood five feet, four inches tall; dark blonde hair that turned gray early in her married years, blue eyes. She had a stout appearance, but was in excellent health. After discovering she had high blood pressure, she regulated her life to reduce it.
The First Presbyterian Church where Harry Truman met Bess Wallace while both were Sunday school students there. (HSTL)Born into Presbyterian faith, but joined the Episcopalian Church. While taking Sunday school classes at Independences First Presbyterian Church, she first met her future husband. A year her senior, Harry Truman had been moved with his parents first from the small farming community of Lamar, Missouri, where he was born, to Grandview, where his maternal family toiled on their large farm, and finally, in 1887 to Independence.
Bess Truman was born Elizabeth Virginia Wallace on February 13, 1885, to Margaret Elizabeth Gates (August 4, 1862 – December 5, 1952, daughter of George Porterfield Gates, co-founder of the Waggoner Gates Milling Company) and David Willock Wallace (June 15, 1860 – June 17, 1903, a local politician, son of a former Independence mayor) in Independence, Missouri, and was known as Bessie ...
17/05/2021 · Elizabeth "Bess" Virginia (Wallace) Truman was First Lady of U.S. President (1945-1953) Harry S. Truman. The American generational descent from Thomas Bliss of Hartford to First Lady Elizabeth Bess Truman with husband President Harry S. Truman is
- Margaret Elizabeth "Madge" Wallace, David Willcock Wallace
- February 13, 1885
- "/Bess/", "Bess"
- Independence, Jackson, Missouri
09/11/2009 · Bess Wallace was just 5 when she met 6-year-old Harry Truman at the First Presbyterian Church’s Sunday school in Independence, Missouri.Having just moved to town with his family, Truman was ...
Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman ( Independence, Misuri, 13 de febrero de 1885 - ibídem, 18 de octubre de 1982 ), comúnmente conocida por Bess Truman, fue la esposa de Harry S. Truman y Primera Dama de los Estados Unidos desde 1945 hasta 1953.
Truman, Bess Wallace. [Autograph card] / Bess Truman. Texas Tech University Libraries, Academic Library: referencedIn: Bess W. Truman Papers. 1889 - 1983. White House Menus Files. 1947 - 1952. January 2 - June 30, 1951. 1947 - 1952. White House Luncheon and Dinner Menu referencedIn