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Topics in Chronicling America - Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull was one of the most controversial and well-publicized women of her time. The first female presidential candidate as well as a proponent of “free love,” Woodhull also operated the first female brokerage on Wall Street and exposed the sexual infidelities of America’s favorite preacher, Henry Ward Beecher. Read more about her!

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Important Dates:

  • December 2, 1871: Victoria Woodhull gives a speech on theory of free love in New York, and she is met with hisses and applause.
  • June 29, 1872: A eulogy of Victoria Woodhull at a suffrage convention is interrupted with protests and criticisms of Woodhull and her ideas.
  • November 23, 1872: In her publication “Woodhull and Claflin’s Weekly” Victoria Woodhull alleges that prominent minister Henry Ward Beecher has had adulterous affairs with Elizabeth Tilton.
  • February 4, 1876: Victoria Woodhull plans to give a public lecture on her controversial views, claiming that she has been misrepresented by the media.
  • May 11, 1890: Victoria Woodhull gives an interview, discussing her social theories and educational schemes.
  • April 23, 1892: Victoria Woodhull announces her intention of becoming a candidate for president of the United States.
  • February 24, 1894: Victoria Woodhull takes up a case against the trustees of the British museum for holding two books relating to the Beecher-Tilton trial which reflected on her character.
  • February 27, 1894: Victoria Woodhull wins her suit against the trustees of the British museum for libel.
  • October 4, 1908: Victoria Woodhull and her daughter set upon to reform an English village school, hoping to set an example.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Victoria Woodhull, Victoria Martin, suffrage, free love, female president, woman president, Henry Ward Beecher, Elizabeth Tilton

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