Edith Bolling Galt Wilson: An Extraordinary First Lady Analytical Essay by Nicky

Edith Bolling Galt Wilson: An Extraordinary First Lady
An examination of the position of Edith Bolling Galt Wilson as First Lady during President Wilson's illness.
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The paper examines the role of Edith Bolling Galt Wilson during the time of President Wilson's illness and explores whether Edith Wilson could be considered the first female US President in history. The paper then provides the social context of the early 1900s when Mrs. Wilson took over the oval office, specifically, the struggle for women's suffrage that was going on at the time, in order to show why her actions drew criticism form the public. The paper details Edith's independent nature and experience with business matters to further explain how she could take an active role in her husband's presidency. The paper reaches the conclusion that though she was extraordinary, she was President Wilson's support and cannot be considered to have served as the first woman President of the United States.

Woman "President" before Women's Suffrage
Edith as First Lady

From the Paper:

"Edith Bolling Galt Wilson was the second wife of President Woodrow Wilson. She was First Lady of the United States from 1915 through 1921, often called the "secret president" for the role that she played when her husband suffered a long and disabling illness following a stroke (Whitehouse.gov). Mrs. Wilson was well-fitted for the job of First Lady, born into the Virginia aristocracy. When Edith Bolling Galt met President Wilson, she was mourning the loss of her first husband, Norman Galt. President Wilson was mourning the loss of his first wife (Whitehouse.gov). They provided instant companionship for each other."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ashby, R. Woodrow and Edith Wilson. Canada: Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Inc. 2005. <http://books.google.com/books?id=k7CnmY26aC8C&dq=Edith+Wilson& printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=VFoEb20uLR&sig=RPebOzi5Q_yly Q- qKUNkpQKFvhY&hl=en&ei=cq7zSazTHITCM6PAjcgP&sa=X&oi=book _result&ct=result&resnum=1#PPA26,M1> Accessed April 25, 2009.
  • PBS. Wilson - A Portrait: Edith Bolling Galt Wilson. The American Experience. 2001. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/wilson/portrait/wp_edith.html> . Accessed April 25, 2009.
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  • Watson, P. The First Lady Reconsidered: Presidential Partner and Political Institution. Presidential Studies Quarterly. Vol. 27, Issue: 4. 1997.
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