Victoria Woodhull

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Victoria Woodhull
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Candidate for
President of the United States
Election date
Personal details
Victoria California Claflin

(1838-09-23)September 23, 1838
Homer, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJune 9, 1927(1927-06-09) (aged 88)[1]
Bredon's Norton, Worcestershire, England
Resting placeCremated remains scattered at sea from Newhaven, Sussex, England
Spouse(s)Canning Woodhull
(m. 1853; div. 18??)
Colonel James Blood
(m. 1865; div. 1876)

John Biddulph Martin
(m. 1883; his death 1901)
ChildrenByron Woodhull
Zula Maude Woodhull
ParentsReuben Buckman Claflin
Roxanna Hummel Claflin
RelativesTennessee Claflin (sister)
See Claflin family
EducationNo formal education
OccupationSuffragist, politician, feminist, writer.
Known forPolitics, women's rights, women's suffrage, feminism, civil rights, anti-slavery, stockbroker, journalism, free love

Victoria Claflin Woodhull, later Victoria Woodhull Martin (September 23, 1838 – June 9, 1927) was an American leader of the women's suffrage movement. She was the first woman candidate for President of the United States,

In 1872, Woodhull ran for President of the United States. While many historians and authors agree that Woodhull was the first woman to run for President of the United States, some have questioned that priority given issues with the legality of her run. They disagree with classifying it as a true candidacy because she was younger than the constitutionally mandated age of 35. However, election coverage by contemporary newspapers does not suggest age was a significant issue. The presidential inauguration was in March 1873. Woodhull's 35th birthday was in September 1873.

Woodhull twice went from rags to riches. Woodhall was married three times. During her third marraige, she changed her name to Victoria Woodhull Martin.

Victoria Woodhull during the 1860s

Death[change | change source]

Victoria Woodhull died on June 9, 1927 aged 88 years old.

Movie[change | change source]

In March 2017, Amazon Studios announced production of a movie based on her life, produced by and starring Brie Larson as Victoria Woodhull.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Victoria Woodhull Martin certified death certificate". Obtained from the General Register Office, UK. June 17, 2015. Archived from the original on November 10, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  2. Kroll, Justin (2017-03-22). "Brie Larson to Play First Female U.S. Presidential Candidate Victoria Woodhull in Amazon Film". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-28.