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Bess Truman

  • Harry and I have been sweethearts and married more than forty years — and no matter where I was, when I put out my hand Harry's was there to grasp it.

    • Bess Truman,
    • in Marianne Means, The Woman in the White House ()
  • [When her daughter suggested the President refer in his conversation with foreign dignitaries about lawn care to 'fertilizer' instead of to 'manure':] But remember, it took me almost thirty years to get him to call it manure.

    • Bess Truman,
    • in Evelyn Oppenheimer, The Articulate Woman ()
  • I deplore any action which denies artistic talent an opportunity to express itself because of prejudice against race origin.

    • Bess Truman,
    • in Robert Underhill, The Truman Persuasions ()

Bess Truman, U.S. first lady

(1885 - 1982)

Full name: Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman.