Monday, February 8, 2016

A Woman President

With Hillary Clinton running for President, I am reminded of the first woman to run for that office.

Her name was Victoria Woodhull.

The time was 1872. Victoria Claflin Woodhull was already famous. She was born into a family of hypnotists, spiritualists and medical eccentrics. She gained some fame when she and her sister charmed Commodore Vanderbilt with their spiritualists powers. He became their investment counselor, and the Woodhull's made a lot of money in the market.

Victoria lectured and joined her sister in publishing a weekly newspaper where she informed her readers she was destined for public office.

She formed the Equal Rights Party and cast herself to run for president.

Her campaign platform was probably her undoing. She advocated free love.

A group of New Yorkers, upset over her constant attacks on the sanctity of the family got together to drive her from the city. She spent more time fighting eviction than campaigning and lost the election.

Eventually ill health and dwindling finances brought her political career to a close. Victoria Woodhull went to England and married a prominent British banker.

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