FeministFirst Woman to Run for President of the United Statesby Maggie MacLean(Originally published on the Civil War Women blog at https://www.civilwarwomenblog.com/victoria-woodhull/. Used with author’s permission.) Victoria Woodhull (1838– June 9, 1927) was a leader of the women’s suffrage movement. She was the first woman to own a brokerage firm on Wall Street, the first woman to start a weekly newspaper, and an activist for women’s rights and labor reform. At her peak of political activity in the early 1870s, Woodhull is best known as the first woman candidate for the United States presidency, which she ran for in 1872 for the Equal Rights Party, supporting women’s suffrage and equal rights. Childhood and Early YearsVictoria California Claflin was born September 23, 1838, the seventh of ten children, in the rural frontier town of Homer, Ohio. Her father Reuben Buckman Claflin was a con man who came from an impoverished branch of the Massachusetts-based Scots-American Claflin family. Victoria was very close to her sister Tennessee Celeste Claflin (called Tennie), seven years her junior and the last child born to the family.
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