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Woodhull, Victoria C. (Victoria Claflin), (1838-1927.) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Name: Woodhull, Victoria C. (Victoria Claflin), (1838-1927.)
Variant Name: Victoria Woodhull


Historical Note: Woman's rights pioneer who achieved notoriety on many fronts in Gilded Age America.  Founded (with her sister Tennessee Claflin) a Wall Street brokerage, with the support and advice of Cornelius Vanderbilt.  Used profits to publish Woodhull & Claflin Weekly, advocating female suffrage, free love, and other progressive causes.  Addressed House committee on suffrage.  Exposed the Beecher-Tilton scandal, implicating celebrated minister Henry Ward Beecher in adultery; subsequently imprisoned on obscenity charges.  Nominated for president in 1872 by the Equal Rights Party.  Lectured widely on controversial topics.  Married three times; spent the final 50 years of her life in England.
Sources: Dictionary of American Biography, online sources.
Note Author: Aaron M. Lisec





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