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Topics in Chronicling America - Edith Wilson

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 ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

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Important Dates:

  • 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.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Edith Wilson, Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, Edith Bolling, Edith Galt, Mrs. Norman Galt, First Lady in the Land
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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