Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

January 29, 2008

Susan Medler
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Truman Library Mourns Margaret Truman Daniel,
White House Daughter, Author, and Friend to Presidential Libraries

INDEPENDENCE, MO-Margaret Truman Daniel, the only child of former President Harry S. Truman and First Lady Bess Wallace Truman, passed away in Chicago on January 29, 2008, following a brief illness. She was 83.

Mrs. Daniel was born on February 17, 1924, in Independence, Mo. She was christened Mary Margaret Truman, named for her aunt Mary Jane Truman and her maternal grandmother, Margaret Gates Wallace. Following her graduation from George Washington University in 1946, one year after her father became the 33rd president of the United States, Margaret pursued a singing career, which included a performance at Carnegie Hall on November 27, 1949. A few years later, she turned her considerable talents first to broadcasting and then to writing; her first book, Souvenir: Margaret Truman's Own Story, was published in 1956. That same year, Margaret married Clifton Daniel, then assistant to the foreign news editor of The New York Times. The Daniels had four children: Clifton Truman, William Wallace (died September 4, 2000), Harrison Gates, and Thomas Washington. The Daniels enjoyed five grandchildren.

Following President Truman's death in 1972, Margaret Truman Daniel proved an effective advocate for presidential libraries. She was honorary co-chair of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the nonprofit partner of her father's presidential library, and a governing board member of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. Last year, Mrs. Daniel led initiatives surrounding the Truman Library's 50th anniversary and was instrumental in bringing former President Bill Clinton to Independence for a keynote address in July 2007.

"Margaret was an extraordinary individual. Her legacy is as much a part of this presidential library as her parents', and we are extremely grateful for her many contributions. All of us at the Truman Library and Truman Library Institute extend our deepest condolences to her family." said Michael Devine, director of the Truman Library.

Margaret Truman Daniel was a longtime resident of New York City. The author of 23 novels (Capital Crimes series) and nine books of non-fiction, including the definitive biography of her mother, Bess W. Truman, Mrs. Daniel had been one of the eldest surviving children of an American president, second only to John Eisenhower.

The public will find condolence books available in the main lobby of the Truman Library and online at www.trumanlibrary.org.

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is one of 12 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is supported, in part, by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the not-for-profit partner of the Truman Library. The Institute seeks to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governance, and the importance of public service, as exemplified by Harry S. Truman. To learn more about the Truman Library and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

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