World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Margaret Truman

Article Id: WHEBN0000761492
Reproduction Date:

Title: Margaret Truman  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Harry S. Truman, Murder at 1600, Martha Ellen Young Truman, Bibliography of Harry S. Truman, Harry S. Truman Historic District
Collection: 1924 Births, 2008 Deaths, 20Th-Century American Novelists, 20Th-Century Biographers, 20Th-Century Women Writers, 21St-Century American Novelists, 21St-Century Biographers, 21St-Century Women Writers, American Biographers, American Book Editors, American Information and Reference Writers, American Mystery Writers, American Women Novelists, Children of Presidents of the United States, George Washington University Alumni, George Washington University Trustee, Harry S. Truman, New York Democrats, People from Independence, Missouri, Truman Family, Women Biographers, Women Mystery Writers, Writers from Missouri, Writers from New York City
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Margaret Truman

Margaret Truman
Margaret Truman in the Netherlands in 1951
Born Mary Margaret Truman
(1924-02-17)February 17, 1924
Independence, Missouri
Died January 29, 2008(2008-01-29) (aged 83)
Chicago, Illinois
Occupation Writer
Alma mater George Washington University
Genre Mystery fiction
Spouse Clifton Daniel
Children Clifton, William, Harrison, Thomas

Mary Margaret Truman Daniel (February 17, 1924 – January 29, 2008), also known as Margaret Truman or Margaret Daniel, was an American singer who later became the successful author of a series of murder mysteries and a number of works on U.S. First Ladies and First Families, including a biography of her father, President Harry S. Truman. The only child of Harry Truman and First Lady Bess Truman, she was "a witty, hard-working Midwestern girl with singing talent who was neither particularly pretty nor terribly plain."[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Career 2
  • Bibliography 3
    • Fiction 3.1
    • Non-fiction 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Born in Independence, Missouri, she was christened Mary Margaret Truman (for her aunt Mary Jane Truman and maternal grandmother Margaret Gates Wallace) but was called Margaret from early childhood.

She attended school in Independence until her father's 1934 election to the U.S. Senate, after which her education was split between schools in Washington, D.C. and Independence.[2] In 1942, she matriculated at Pi Beta Phi[3] and earned a B.A. in History in 1946.[2] In June 1944, she christened the battleship USS Missouri at Brooklyn Navy Yard (and spoke again in 1986 at the ship's recommissioning).

Margaret Truman

On April 21, 1956, Truman married New York Times reporter (and later editor) Clifton Daniel at Trinity Episcopal Church in Independence; he died in 2000. They had four sons:

In later life, Truman lived in her Park Avenue home. She died on January 29, 2008, in Chicago (to which she was relocating to be nearer her son Clifton). She was said to have been suffering from "a simple infection" and had been breathing with the assistance of a respirator.[7] Her ashes, and those of her husband, were interred in Independence, in her parents' burial plot on the grounds of the Truman Library.[8]


After operatic vocal training, Truman's singing career began with a debut radio recital in March 1947. Reviewers were not always kind, but her father was fiercely protective: when in 1950 Washington Post music critic Paul Hume wrote that Truman was "extremely attractive on the stage... [but] cannot sing very well. She is flat a good deal of the time. And still cannot sing with anything approaching professional finish," President Truman wrote to Hume, "Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"[9] A 1951 Time Magazine cover[10] featured Truman with a single musical note floating by her head. She performed on stage, radio, and television until the mid-1950s.

On March 17, 1952, Truman was guest soloist on The Railroad Hour in a presentation of Sari.[11]

Truman also performed on the NBC Radio program The Big Show. There she met writer Goodman Ace, who gave her advice and pointers; Ace became a lifelong friend, advising Truman even after The Big Show.[12][13] She became part of the team of NBC Radio's Weekday show that premiered in 1955, shortly after its Monitor program made its debut.[14] Paired with Mike Wallace, she presented news and interviews aimed at a female listening audience.[13][15]

She appeared several times as a panelist (and once as a mystery guest) on the game show What's My Line? and guest-starred more than once on NBC's The Martha Raye Show. In 1957, she sang and played piano on The Gisele MacKenzie Show[16]

Truman's full-length biography of her father, published shortly before his death, was critically acclaimed. She also wrote a personal biography of her mother and histories of the White House and its inhabitants (including first ladies and pets). A series of murder mysteries set in and around Washington, D.C. published under her name were ghostwritten, first by William Harrington (according to Harrington)[17] and then allegedly by Donald Bain.[18][19]

Truman published regularly into her eighties. She also served on the board of directors for the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum and the Board of Governors of the Roosevelt Institute.



Book Year Notes
Murder in the White House
(Filmed as Murder at 1600 starring Wesley Snipes)
1980 ISBN 0-87795-245-0
Murder on Capitol Hill 1981 ISBN 0-87795-312-0
Murder in the Supreme Court 1982 ISBN 0-87795-384-8
Murder in the Smithsonian 1983 ISBN 0-87795-475-5
Murder on Embassy Row 1984 ISBN 0-87795-594-8
Murder at the FBI 1985 ISBN 0-87795-680-4
Murder in Georgetown 1986 ISBN 0-87795-797-5
Murder in the CIA 1987 ISBN 0-394-55795-6
Murder at the Kennedy Center 1989 ISBN 0-394-57602-0
Murder at the National Cathedral 1990 ISBN 0-394-57603-9
Murder at the Pentagon 1992 ISBN 0-394-57604-7
Murder on the Potomac 1994 ISBN 0-679-43309-0
Murder at the National Gallery 1996 ISBN 0-679-43530-1
Murder in the House 1997 ISBN 0-679-43528-X
Murder at the Watergate 1998 ISBN 0-679-43535-2
Murder at the Library of Congress 1999 ISBN 0-375-50068-5
Murder in Foggy Bottom 2000 ISBN 0-375-50069-3
Murder in Havana 2001 ISBN 0-375-50070-7
Murder at Ford's Theatre 2002 ISBN 0-345-44489-2
Murder at Union Station 2004 ISBN 0-345-44490-6
Murder at the Washington Tribune 2005 ISBN 0-345-47819-3
Murder at the Opera 2006 ISBN 0-345-47821-5
Murder on K Street 2007 ISBN 0-345-49886-0
Murder inside the Beltway 2008 ISBN 0-345-49888-7
Monument to Murder 2011 ISBN 978-0-7653-2609-6


Book Year Notes
Souvenir, Margaret Truman's Own Story 1956 OCLC 629282
White House Pets 1969 OCLC 70279
Harry S. Truman 1973 ISBN 0-688-00005-3
Women of Courage 1976 ISBN 0-688-03038-6
Letters From Father: The Truman Family's Personal Correspondence 1981 ISBN 0-87795-313-9
Bess W. Truman 1986 ISBN 0-02-529470-9
Where The Buck Stops: The Personal and Private Writings of Harry S. Truman 1989 ISBN 0-446-51494-2
First Ladies 1995 ISBN 0-679-43439-9
The President's House: 1800 to the Present 2004 ISBN 0-345-47248-9
The Life of a White House Girl 2003


  1. ^ Times online, February 2, 2008
  2. ^ a b "Margaret Truman Daniel bio". Truman Presidential Library. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Notable Pi Phis". 
  4. ^ "Truman celebrates heritage, history with grandson of US president". Kirksville Daily Express. September 15, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Daniel, Clifton Truman (2009). "Adventures with Grandpa Truman". Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hit by Cab, a Grandson of Harry Truman dies". The New York Times. September 6, 2000. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ Goldstein, Steve (January 31, 2008). "First Daughter". Obit-mag. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ Meyer, Gene, "The ashes of Margaret Truman Daniel are put to rest in her roots", Kansas City Star, February 23, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  9. ^ "Truman's Letter to Paul Hume". Truman Library, Independence Mo. December 6, 1950. Retrieved June 2, 2011.  Years later Margaret Truman recalled, "I thought it was funny. Sold tickets." (Staff writer, Truman's only child dies at 83, MSNBC, January 29, 2008, retrieved January 29, 2008.)
  10. ^ Time, February 26, 1951.
  11. ^ Kirby, Walter (March 16, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 44. Retrieved May 23, 2015 – via  
  12. ^ Thomas, Bob (November 2, 1951). "Tallulah Bankhead Praises Margaret Truman's Talents". Reading Eagle. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b House, Allan (November 11, 1955). "Margaret Truman Gets a Kick Out of Radio-TV". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ Monitor' to debut on KDKA Sunday"'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 10, 1955. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Radio:Woman's Home Companion". Time. November 28, 1955. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 
  16. ^ "The Giselle MacKenzie Show". Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  17. ^ "William G. Harrington, 68; Wrote Mysteries and Thrillers".   After Harrington's apparent suicide, a self-written obituary was found in which he referred to Margaret Truman and others as his "clients". Harrington's literary agent (who was also Truman's agent) denied any collaboration with Truman, while somewhat obliquely acknowledging Harrington had "worked on" books credited to another author. Harrington has been "squarely" credited by at least one verifiable source with ghostwriting all the books published by the child of another US president, Elliott Roosevelt.
  18. ^ Breen, Jon. The Ghost of Miss Truman, Weekly Standard, November 18, 2002, retrieved January 29, 2008.
  19. ^ Bain, Donald (March 14, 2014). "A Novel of My Own".  

External links

  • Margaret Truman at Find a Grave
  • Works by or about Margaret Truman in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.