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Monday, July 11, 2016

Our First Woman President Could Tell Madam President About Troubled Times

The First Woman President Edith Wilson faced times as rancorous as our own. Her husband was paralyzed and close to death when she inherited the presidency in 1919. World War I was still not settled with a battle over the League of Nations that makes our Health Care debate look tame. Veterans were returning home to a soft economy with few jobs. Women were chaining themselves to the White House gates and throwing themselves in front of carriages to get the vote. Anarchists launched coordinated attacks against the Attorney General and others with bombs delivered to their homes. Russia had collapsed and Communism was a perceived as a real threat to the world order. Edith Wilson could tell Madam President a thing or two about troubled times.

She had a husband who was dependent on his wife for everything. Edith did not have the years of experience that Hillary Clinton possesses. She was from Virginia and had run a jewelry company and had been married to the President for four years. She had only gone to school for two years and now she was expected to govern at a time when women were second class citizens. Her husbands reason for being, The League of Nations, was under vicious attack by Henry Cabot Lodge who loathed Edith and Woodrow Wilson. And World War I had yet to be settled.

Just a few things on her plate. So while keeping the secret that her husband was now a low functioning invalid and trying to run the country, she had also to deal with a coal strike, a nationwide railroad strike, lynchings, bomb throwing anarchists, a rights trampling man named J Edgar Hoover who wanted to forget about due process of law. Edith Wilson had to handle all this and more and do it with no experience, little support, and no end in sight.

Madam President could learn a few things from Edith Wilson

Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson

Books by William Hazelgrove