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