Raised in a formerly prominent Southern aristocratic family, Edith Bolling moved to Washington, DC and married jeweler Norman Galt in 1896. A few years after her husband’s unexpected death, Edith Galt caught the attention of widower President Woodrow Wilson, who was grieving the loss of his first wife, Ellen. The two fell in love and became inseparable, marrying in 1915. As First Lady, Edith Wilson frequently traveled with her husband, and even ran the affairs of the Executive Branch after Woodrow Wilson fell ill in 1919. Read more about it!
The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.
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- 1872. Edith Bolling is born in Wytheville, Virginia.
- 1896. Edith Bolling marries Norman Galt.
- 1908. Norman Galt dies, leaving Edith Bolling Galt to manage his jewelry store.
- 1915. Woodrow Wilson and Edith Bolling Galt announce their engagement in October and are married in December.
- 1918. Edith Wilson travels with her husband throughout Europe.
- 1919. Woodrow Wilson has a stroke and Edith Wilson de facto controls the executive branch during his illness.
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Sample Articles from Chronicling America:
- "The Social World,"
Evening Star (Washington, DC), March 7, 1896, page 7, image 7, column 4.
- "Norman Galt's Death Shocks Business Friends; Prominent in Trade Bodies,"
The Washington Times (Washington, DC), January 28, 1908, last edition, page 5, image 5, column 2.
- "President Wilson is to Marry in December,"
The Evening Herald (Klamath Falls, OR), October 7, 1915, page 1, image 1, column 1.
- "The Smile that Won a Nation,"
The Ogden Standard (Ogden City, UT), November 13, 1915, 4 PM edition, magazine section, image 15, column 1.
- "Washington Fashionable Society in Dismay,"
Omaha Daily Bee (Omaha, NE), November 14, 1915, editorial magazine, image 24, column 1.
- "All Americans Are Interested in the Wilson-Galt Wedding this Evening,"
The Ocala Evening Star (Ocala, FL), December 18, 1915, page 1, column 1.
- "Wilson Wedding 8:30 This Evening Storm Swept City,"
Daily Capital Journal (Salem, OR), December 18, 1915, page 1, column 1.
- "Mrs. Wilson Sees Red Cross Work,"
Evening Star (Washington, DC), April 24, 1917, page 2, image 2, column 6.
- "White House to Have Simple War Time Thanksgiving,"
Evening Star (Washington, DC), November 25, 1917, image 48, column 1.
- "Wilson Quits London Going Back to Paris,"
The News Scimitar (Memphis, TN), Decemer 31, 1918, 4th edition, page 1, image 1, column 1.
- "Romance Possesses Greater Charm for First Lady in Land Than Any Ordinary Political Consideration,"
The Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck, ND), September 11, 1919, image 5, column 1.
- "President's Real Private Secretary,"
The Bamberg Herald (Bamberg, SC), April 8, 1920, page 1, image 1, column 1.
- "Mrs. Wilson Finds Real Happiness in Nursing President to Health,"
Arizona Republican (Phoenix, AZ), September 12, 1920, section 2, page 2, image 16, column 1.