Truman, Bess W.

Uncommon ALS from the First Lady to the “Second Lady”, wife of Vice President Alben Barkley

Price: $250.00

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(1885-1982) Wife of Harry S Truman, First Lady 1945-53. She had known her future husband since they attended the same schools in Independence, Missouri from fifth grade through high school. As First Lady, she did not enjoy big social events, and was relieved to quit Washington. Bess found the White House's lack of privacy distasteful. Though she steadfastly fulfilled the social obligations of her position, she did only what she thought was necessary. When the White House was rebuilt during Truman's elected term, the family lived in Blair House and kept their social life to a minimum. In most years of her husband's presidency Mrs. Truman did not live in Washington other than during the social season when her presence was expected. Dying at 97, she remains the longest-lived First Lady. ALS while First Lady on 9 ¼ x 6 Hotel Muehlebach, Kansas City, Missouri letterhead, "Thursday", no date, to Mrs. Barkley (who penciled March 23 1950 date at top right), accepting an invitation for April 7th “…if I do not go to Key West with Marg…” With envelope postmarked Kansas City, Mo., March 23 1950, addressed in her hand and on verso, return address is “B.W.T./Blair House/Washington.” Alben Barkley (1877-1956) Kentucky US Rep 1913-27, Senator 1927-49 & 1955-56, Senate Majority Leader 1937-47. Vice President 1949-53 (Truman). Barkley’s 1st wife died in 1947. At a party thrown by Clark Clifford on the White House yacht on July 8, 1949, he met Jane (Rucker) Hadley (1911-1964), a widow half his age from St. Louis. On Nov. 18, 1949, they married. Barkley remains the only VP to marry while in office. The Muehlebach was the White House headquarters for President Truman during his frequent visits to his home in nearby Independence, Missouri. Truman stayed in Independence but conducted business in the Presidential Suite in the hotel penthouse, later renamed the Harry S Truman Presidential Suite following his presidency.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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