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Bachelor of Arts




Edith Bolling Galt Wilson (1872-1961) the second wife of President Woodrow Wilson was and is one of the most notable and controversial American first ladies. Perhaps most known for her administrative involvement after the president’s stroke while still in office some have even gone so far as to call her the first female president. A southern woman from the prominent Bolling family of Virginia to which the Civil War remained a strong memory after the loss of their plantation Edith Bolling Galt Wilson met and married the president in 1915. Their marriage garnered much public attention not only was it a marriage involving a sitting president but it had also not been long since the death of Woodrow Wilson’s first wife Ellen Axson Wilson in 1914.