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Margaret Truman Daniel Dies at Age 83

Margaret Truman smiles happily in her dressing room after her concert appearance in Constitution Hall in Washington, on Dec. 8, 1950, when she sang before her parents, President and Mrs. Truman, and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee, who were in the audience. The only child of former President Harry Truman, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008. She was 83. she died in Chicago following a brief illness, according to a statement from the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence. (AP Photo/File)
Margaret Truman smiles happily in her dressing room after her concert appearance in Constitution Hall in Washington, on Dec. 8, 1950, when she sang before her parents, President and Mrs. Truman, and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee, who were in the audience. The only child of former President Harry Truman, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008. She was 83. she died in Chicago following a brief illness, according to a statement from the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence. (AP Photo/File) (Hkw - AP)

In an interview with The Post, Mrs. Daniel said the idea of writing a Washington-based mystery came to her when she tired of another book she was writing.

For more than a decade after the 1980 publication of "Murder in the White House," Mrs. Daniel produced a Washington murder mystery a year, featuring bureaucrats, diplomats, politicians and influential business and media figures. Some of her characters appeared in successive novels.

Writing in The Post's Book World, Jean M. White said Mrs. Daniel "writes a lively Washington scene with the sure hand of one who knows her way around the streets, institutions, restaurants, watering holes, people and politics."

In 1986, four years after the death of her mother at age 97, Mrs. Daniel wrote the biography "Bess W. Truman." Helen Thomas in the New York Times Book Review called it "a refreshing, real and touching biography."

Mrs. Daniel lived for many decades on Park Avenue in New York.

Her husband died in 2000. A son, William W. Daniel, died that year after being hit by a taxicab.

Survivors include three sons, Clifton T. Daniel of Chicago, Harrison G. Daniel of New York state and Thomas W. Daniel of Starksboro, Vt.; and five grandchildren.


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