Love Letter From President Truman To His Wife On Their 38th Anniversary

Love Letter From President Truman To His Wife On Their 38th Anniversary

Harry Truman was the 33rd President of the United States and he was married to his wife Bess for 53 years. The met in Sunday school when they were 5 and 6 years old and were classmates from the 5th grade onwards. They married in 1919.

For their 38th wedding anniversary on June 28, 1957 Truman wrote Bess a three-page letter with a list of what they had gone through during each year of their marriage. It’s a cute list that shows them going through life as well as experiencing the historical events of their lifetime, such as the Great Depression and World War II.  It includes items such as:

– During 1922 they were “broke and in a bad way”

– 1927’s description finds Truman working again after two years without a job and he describes it as “Presiding Judge – eating again”

– 1949’s description is “President again.  Another happy day.”

– He signs the letter with “Only 37 to go for the diamond jubilee [75 years]!”

Here are the links for page 2 and page 3.

For more of the letters that Harry wrote to Bess, see this page from President Truman’s library: Dear Bess Love Letters From the President

Source: [Smithsonian Magazine] and [Truman Library]

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4 Responses to Love Letter From President Truman To His Wife On Their 38th Anniversary

  1. itwasjudith says:

    if i could only read his scribbles 😉 jokes aside, it is interesting to see big history events unroll in the background and how they tangibly affected people’s lives (i.e. “eating again”)

    • I had trouble with the handwriting too! It’s not often in current times that you have to decipher handwriting, apart from a doctor’s prescription or a post-it note. I had to go to the Smithsonian website to help make sure I deciphered it right! 🙂

  2. So sweet!!! I can’t remember what happened two days ago!

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