Bess



a female given name, form of Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Virginia Wallace (“Bess”) 1885–1982, U.S. First Lady 1945–53 (wife of Harry S Truman).
Harry S, 1884–1972, 33rd president of the U.S. 1945–53.
a male given name.
Contemporary Examples

Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America? Emily Shire January 6, 2015
Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America? Emily Shire January 6, 2015
Red Tails Overlooks the Story of America’s First Black Pilots Marc Wortman January 15, 2012
Red Tails Overlooks the Story of America’s First Black Pilots Marc Wortman January 15, 2012
Inside Sarah’s Church Max Blumenthal September 4, 2009

Historical Examples

Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach Annie Roe Carr
Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach Annie Roe Carr
“Seth” Frances Hodgson Burnett
Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach Annie Roe Carr
Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach Annie Roe Carr

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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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