Old Photos: Margaret Truman’s Wedding Day

Entire text of this post is taken from the Time article “Wedding Day at Independence

“I feel that marriage vows are sacred,” memoired Margaret Truman recently, “and I hope that mine will be spared the hurly-burly attending a news event.” Last week in Trinity Episcopal Church at Independence, Mo., where her parents were married 36 years ago, Margaret, now 32, saw her hope accomplished; she became Mrs. Elbert Clifton Daniel Jr. with more dignity and less hurly-burly than a former President’s daughter and TV-radio star could expect.

A month after her engagement announcement, Margaret left Manhattan for Independence stubbornly determined on dignity. She disappeared into the family’s 14-room, white Victorian house at 219 North Delaware Street for a week’s seclusion, emerged only to greet New York Timesman Daniel when he flew in,

Old Photos: Margaret Trumans Wedding Day

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later to meet his parents arriving from ZebuIon, N.C., then to attend a rehearsal and post-rehearsal dinner for the bridal party.

Old Photos: Margaret Trumans Wedding Day

E. Clifton Daniel Jr. and Margaret Truman arriving with Drucie Snyder Horton at the Kansas City Club for a bridal party on the wedding eve.E. Clifton Daniel Jr. and Margaret Truman arriving with Drucie Snyder Horton at the Kansas City Club for a bridal party on the wedding eve.E. Clifton Daniel Jr. and Margaret Truman arriving with Drucie Snyder Horton at the Kansas City Club for a bridal party on the wedding eve.© Time Inc. Grey Villet

Old Photos: Margaret Trumans Wedding Day

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On the wedding eve she relented slightly, agreed to join Daniel in a 20-minute press conference for 50 encamped reporters. (Sample exchange: News hen: “I would like to ask what may be an embarrassing question . . .” Daniel: “Don’t ask it.”)

The wedding day burst fair and warm; Margaret Truman walked out of the 91-year-old house a last time on the arm of her ever-punctual, this time solemn father.

Old Photos: Margaret Trumans Wedding Day

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Old Photos: Margaret Trumans Wedding Day

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A crowd had circled the Truman gate to admire her gown of antique Venetian lace, pale beige in color because “white doesn’t become me.” Margaret paused to smile at them, then ducked into a limousine for the five-minute, six-block journey to Trinity Church. “She looks beautiful, Mr. Truman,” called a voice from the crowd. “Thank you, thank you very much,” said the farther of the bride. “I think so too.”

Old Photos: Margaret Trumans Wedding Day

At Truman family home, crowd hails bride and groom, Margaret Truman and E. Clifton Daniel Jr.© Time Inc. Grey Villet

The tiny, freshly painted church was half full; some 60-odd were there, including ten reporters chosen to represent the corps. The guests were relatives and friends.

Old Photos: Margaret Trumans Wedding Day

Reflected excitement registers in the window of the License Bureau, two ladies look across Liberty Street to the Trinity Episcopal Church where a group has clustered to catch sight of Margaret Trumans wedding party when it leaves after rehearsing the ceremony, the day before the great event.© Time Inc. Grey Villet

Among them were a handful whose names were familiar: ex-Treasury Secretary John Snyder, New York Real Estate Magnate William Zeckendorf, John Frederics (whose lace-crowned bridal veil Margaret wore), Italian Couturière Micol Fontana (who was commissioned to create the wedding gown because it was a Fontana dress Margaret was wearing one evening last November when she first met Daniel).

Old Photos: Margaret Trumans Wedding Day

Bridegroom Clifton Daniel eying crowd as he and bride Margaret Truman return from church after wedding. © Time Inc. Grey Villet

The Rev. Patric Hutton, 30-year-old rector of the church, read the marriage ceremony, watched as Daniel slipped a plain gold band on his bride’s finger.

Old Photos: Margaret Trumans Wedding Day

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Old Photos: Margaret Trumans Wedding Day

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After the wedding a select but friendly 250 gathered at the Truman home for a reception.

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After 30 minutes in the receiving line, bride and groom slipped away to catch a train for the first leg of their honeymoon in Nassau. Margaret Truman had not been the only important bride of the week, but when it was all said and done, hers was the wedding that gave the U.S. that next-door feeling even if the nation stood on tiptoe to catch every detail of the other one.

Old Photos: Margaret Trumans Wedding Day

Admirer Datie Thorton, watching Margaret Truman and E. Clifton Daniel Jr's. wedding reception, says, She's just beautiful.© Time Inc. Grey Villet

Margaret Truman Daniel passed away in 2008 at the age 83.

  • http://saturdayschild-anne.blogspot.com/ Anne Allen

    This was a wonderful post. I loved seeing all of the old pictures and remembering what it was like in a simpler time. Where there any pictures of her mother? I didn’t notice any. Have you ever visited the Truman home? I did years ago and I remember the turquoise kitchen. Anne http://saturdayschild-anne.blogspot.com/

  • http://kcmeesha.com m.v.

    Anne, there were tons more pictures, I had to limit myself so the post is not a mile long…

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    The bride is so pretty

  • Jay

    Do you have any of Drucie Snyder and Clark Griffith?

  • http://kcmeesha.com m.v.

    you can find some here

  • http://loriwyatt.com lori wyatt

    Do you have any more photos of Drucie Synder. I have 10 of her dresses and costume jewelry, from the same time period as the wedding. I wanted to see if she was wearing any of the dresses in the photos…thank you

  • http://kcmeesha.com m.v.

    These came out of the Life Magazine. Try a search like this http://tinyurl.com/yboess8