[troo-muh n]
  1. Elizabeth Virginia WallaceBess, 1885–1982, U.S. First Lady 1945–53 (wife of Harry S Truman).
  2. Harry S,1884–1972, 33rd president of the U.S. 1945–53.
  3. a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Harry S . 1884–1972, US Democratic statesman; 33rd president of the US (1945–53). He approved the dropping of the two atomic bombs on Japan (1945), advocated the postwar loan to Britain, and involved the US in the Korean War
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Word Origin and History for bess


surname, attested by 1215, literally "faithful man, trusty man."

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