Margaret Truman Daniel, the daughter of President Harry S. Truman, has died. She was 83 years old. Margaret Daniel had been living in an assisted living facility in Chicago for the past several weeks and had been experiencing health problems requiring the use of a respirator.
Margaret Truman Daniel, the daughter of President Harry S. Truman, has died. She was 83 years old. According to Michael Devine, director of Truman Presidential Museum & Library, Daniel died early Tuesday morning as the result of natural causes. Daniel was the author of multiple books, including a slew of mystery novels and biographies of her father and mother, Bess Wallace Truman. She was also a well-respected entertainer on the stage and in radio and television during the 1950s. In April 1956, she married Clifton Daniel, who would become chief of the New York Times Washington bureau. He died in 2000. Since 1977, Margaret Daniel had served as secretary to the board of trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, which was formed in 1975 to provide scholarships to college-bound students seeking careers in government. She was also a part of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute’s board of directors, a nonprofit corporation created in 1957 to assist with the library’s educational opportunities. Margaret Daniel had been living in an assisted living facility in Chicago for the past several weeks and had been experiencing health problems requiring the use of a respirator. Ray Geselbracht, special assistant to the Truman Library, said in December that some of the items in Margaret Daniel’s estate in New York City, where she had lived for more than 50 years, will be considered for the library’s collection. Margaret Daniel died with her sons at her side, including Clifton Truman Daniel, who called Devine early today to tell him of the news. Clifton Daniel told Devine that private funeral services will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Independence, where Margaret Daniel was baptized and married. The church was also the site of both her parents’ funeral services. “The Truman family has our deepest sympathy,” Devine said. “At this time, we have no definite plans to commemorate the life of this wonderful person and will fully respect her family’s privacy.” Contact Hugh S. Welsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.