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Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson

Thursday, November 14, 2019
7 pm
Hunter Family Education Hall
$15 Members, $20 Non-Members

Presented by author William Hazelgrove

After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, his wife, First Lady Edith Wilson, began to handle the day-to-day correspondence intended for her bedridden husband. Though her Oval Office authority was acknowledged in Washington D.C. circles at the time--one senator called her "the Presidentress who had fulfilled the dream of suffragettes by changing her title from First Lady to Acting First Man"--her legacy as "First Woman President" is now largely forgotten. William Hazelgrove's Madam President is a vivid, engaging portrait of the woman who became the acting President of the United States in 1919, months before women officially won the right to vote.