Edith Bolling Galt Wilson: The Unintended President

James S. McCallops
Salisbury University, Maryland, USA

Series: Presidential Wives
BISAC: POL052000

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In recent presidencies, the role of the first lady has received more coverage as reporters and political analysts have attempted to pinpoint the influence such women would wield over their husbands. This book travels back to Woodrow Wilson’s administration and examines his second wife Edith’s role as First Lady. She lobbied for certain legislation and soundly criticized others. Later, Edith contended that she was uniquely qualified for this role since she knew her husband’s feelings on most issues. And as to those who labeled her our first female president, Edith refuted such pronouncements, claiming she merely acted as Woodrow’s helpmate, but that he made every decision personally. But to historians and students of history, Edith’s role, especially during her husband’s incapacitation, marked a unique time in United States’ history when a woman exerted direct control over matters of state. (Imprint: Novinka)

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Early Life and Loves of Edith Bolling

Chapter 2: Marriage and Widowhood

Chapter 3: Courtship and Marriage

Chapter 4: The New First Lady

Chapter 5: War

Chapter 6: The Road to Peace

Chapter 7: The Fight for the League

Chapter 8: Illness and Secrecy in the White House

Chapter 9: Finishing out his Term

Chapter 10: Private Citizens

Chapter 11: Life Alone

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