Truman, Bess W.

Undated ALS from the First Lady to the wife of Vice President Barkley, a cordial invitation to a “family dinner”

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(1885-1982) Wife of Harry S Truman (1919-72), First Lady 1945-53. She had known her future husband since they attended the same schools in Independence, Missouri from 5th grade through high school. As First Lady, she did not enjoy big social events, and was relieved to quit Washington. 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. She 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. Dying at 97, she remains the longest-lived First Lady. ALS as First Lady on 7 x 4 ½ gilt “The White House/Washington” letterhead, undated, 2pp (1st & 3rd pages of folded sheet)), to Mrs. Barkley, wife of the Vice President. Mrs. Truman writes that “Harry and I can think of nothing nicer than a family dinner with the Vice President and you” and suggests they are free on March 8 if convenient for the Barkleys. Mrs. Truman says it was “a great joy” for them to have the Barkleys to dinner and adds: she “…can honestly say we have rarely enjoyed two evenings as much as we did the ones you were with us (that sentence sounds somewhat ‘involved.’)” She thanks Mrs. Barkley for her charming note and her delightful invitation. With hand-addressed envelope not postmarked. ALBEN BARKLEY (1877-1956) Kentucky US Rep 1913-27, Senator 1927-49 & 1955-56, Senate Majority Leader 1937-47. Vice President 1949-53 (Truman). His 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.

Condition: Very good, horizontal center fold
Type:Letter






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