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

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.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

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.

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

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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