Bess Truman
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1885
Date of Death: 1982
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure
Religion: Episcopalian (convert)
Occupation: Politician, First Lady
Spouse: Harry Truman (d. 1972)
Children: Margaret Truman
Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office(s): Second Lady of the United States;
First Lady of the United States
Fictional Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Fallout
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Date of Death: 1952
Cause of Death: Killed in an atomic bombing (World War III)
Political Office(s): First Lady of the US
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman (February 13, 1885 – October 13, 1982), widely known as Bess Truman, was the wife of President Harry Truman, and First Lady of the United States from 1945 to 1953. She outlived her husband by almost 10 years, dying at age 97. She remains the longest lived First Lady as of this writing.

Bess Truman in The Hot War[]

Bess Truman (February 13, 1885 - May 1952) and her daughter Margaret were killed by the atomic bomb the Soviet Union dropped on Washington, DC in May 1952. Beth and Margaret were in the White House at the time of the bombing, and it and the surrounding area was rendered a glassy wasteland. While President Harry Truman mourned their deaths, he did not let it prevent him from continuing to prosecute World War III with renewed determination.[1]

Bess Truman in The Man With the Iron Heart[]

Bess Truman watched her husband struggle to keep the country's support for the ongoing occupation of Germany after World War II.

During a speech in San Francisco in 1947, Diana McGraw urged her supporters to keep fighting and to send Harry Truman, Bess Truman, and their daughter Margaret packing in 1948.[2]

See Also[]


  1. Fallout, pg. 350, TPB.
  2. The Man With the Iron Heart, pg. 451.
Political offices
Preceded by
Eleanor Roosevelt
First Lady of the United States
Succeeded by
Mamie Eisenhower
Preceded by
Ilo Wallace
Second Lady of the United States
Succeeded by
Period of vacancy, then
Jane Hadley Barkley
Political offices
(The Hot War)
Preceded by
Eleanor Roosevelt
First Lady of the United States
Succeeded by
Office vacant to end of series