Margaret Truman

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Mary Margaret Truman Daniel (born February 17, 1924 in Independence, Missouri) is an American writer and the author of biographies, books on the White House and several best-selling mystery novels.

Mrs. Daniel is the daughter of 33rd president Harry S. Truman and his wife, Bess Truman. She was christened Mary Margaret Truman. Mary, for her aunt, Mary Jane Truman, and Margaret, for her maternal grandmother, Margaret Gates Wallace.

In the 1940s, Miss Truman aspired to be a singer. After graduating from George Washington University and undergoing some classical vocal training, she debuted in a vocal recital on the radio in March 1947. After a performance in December 1950, Washington Post music critic Paul Hume gave Miss Truman an unfavorable review, resulting in an incident in which President Truman threatened to punch the reviewer in the nose. Despite the bad press, Miss Truman performed on the stage, radio and television well into the 1950s.

In 1944, she christened the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63), named for her home state. When the ship was recommissioned in 1991, she was a featured speaker at the ceremony.

She married New York Times reporter, and later editor, Clifton Daniel (1912-2000) on April 21, 1956, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Independence, MO. Their sons are: Clifton Truman Daniel (born 1957), William Wallace Daniel (1959-2000), who was killed in a taxi cab collision in New York City, Harrison Gates Daniel (born 1963), and Thomas Washington Daniel (born 1966).

Shortly before her father's death in 1972, Mrs. Daniel, under her maiden name published Harry S. Truman, a full length biography of her father, which was critically acclaimed. The book extensively used sources from Presidential papers in the Truman Library. Daniel followed this book with a volume of her mother's life, Bess W. Truman, which covered the life of the Trumans from an insider's perspective as opposed to a macro-view perspective taken in Harry S. Truman.

Daniel also authored books on White House first ladies and pets.

After the death of her son in 2000, Daniel sued a taxi cab company in New York City and won a considerable sum of money.

At the age of 81, Mrs. Daniel continues to reside in her Park Avenue home in Manhattan. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library.

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