President Truman's Lone Child, Margaret, Dies at 83

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Margaret Truman, the only child of former President Harry S. Truman, has died at the age of 83. Truman was a college student when her father became president. She later became a concert singer, actress, radio and TV personality and mystery writer.


Sixty years ago, an only child living in the White House had to endure this...

M: The daughter of the president of the United States, Ms. Margaret Truman is interviewed by the Washington press feminine gender.

Unidentified Woman: How do you like the Secret Service men following you around on tour?

MARGARET TRUMAN DANIEL: They follow me on tour, but I - they don't go with me on my date.

Woman: Do you want to take a bet on that?

TRUMAN DANIEL: Oh, I'm positive they don't. I've put my foot down on that in the beginning.


Margaret Truman Daniel, the daughter of President Harry Truman, died today in Chicago. She was 83 years old. In 1950, she embarked on a singing career and was panned by a Washington Post critic. Her father famously pans back, sending the critic this handwritten threat.

SIEGEL: Someday, I hope to meet you. And when that happens, you'll need a new nose.

NORRIS: Margaret Truman survived both her first daughter status and her failed music career. In later life, her name appeared on a string of successful mystery novel.

SIEGEL: And to our knowledge, "Give Him Hell Harry" never again corresponded with his daughter's critics. Margaret Truman Daniel died after a short illness. Again, she was 83 years old.

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