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1982: Bess Truman – The Oldest First Lady of the USA

1982: Bess Truman – The Oldest First Lady of the USA

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  • After her husband's presidential term ended, Bess Truman lived for another 30 years in retirement. She lived to be 97, and died on this day in Independence, Missouri.

The longest-living First Lady in the history of the USA died on this day in 1982. Her name was Bess Truman, and she was the wife of U.S. president Harry Truman. She lived to be 97, and died on this day in Independence, Missouri.

It is interesting that Bess became First Lady when she was already 60 years of age. Her husband was President from 1945 to 1953, i.e. slightly less than eight years. After her husband’s presidential term ended, Bess Truman lived for another 30 years in retirement. This means she outlived her husband for around 10 years.

Three other First Ladies lived to be over 90: Lady Bird Johnson (wife of Lyndon B. Johnson, who became president after Kennedy was assassinated), Betty Ford (the center for drug and alcohol abuse treatment is named after her), and Nancy Reagan.

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