Today is Victoria Claflin’s birthday. Born on a Sunday, in 1838. Her birthplace was the rural town of Homer… which is in Licking County, Ohio.
Have you ever heard of her? Well, Victoria was a real spit-fire, I will tell you that much right now.
Here is what I think about Victoria. At the very deepest inner-core of her being…… was a woman highly concerned with freedom, human rights. Her life seemed dedicated to overcoming the barriers which stood in the way of those things.
She was the first woman to run for President in the United States of America. Yep. She ran in 1872, under the Equal Rights Party. Her running mate was none other than Frederick Douglass. It is not known for sure how many votes she actually garnered. But she was faced with much resistance.
One thing… I can assure you…… none of this was covered in my American History classes, in grade school, even high school, and no… not college either. Hmmmph.
Okay, as I said, Victoria was something. What a life she had… from early childhood all the way until her dying day. My life has certainly never been this interesting… and I doubt it ever will. I am milktoast. She was spicy enchiladas.
Some notable citations concerning her life….
She was an American leader of the woman’s suffrage movement.
She was married three times. To Canning Woodhull (divorce), Colonel James Harvey Blood(divorce), and finally to John Biddulph Martin (his death).
Victoria Woodhull was an advocate of free love, by which she meant the freedom to marry, divorce, and bear children without government interference.
She was the first woman to start a weekly newspaper
Woodhull was an activist for women’s rights and labor reforms.
Together with her sister, she was the first woman to operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street
By age 11, she had only three years of formal education, but her teachers found her to be extremely intelligent. She was also a clairvoyant and medium at a very early age.
Her dad was a huckster. He insured the family’s rotting gristmill quite heavily. It mysteriously caught fire there in that little town of Homer. When he tried to get compensated by insurance, his arson and fraud shenanigans were discovered; and he was run off by a group of town vigilantes.
Oh… her life story goes on and on in a thousand different little spins.
Colorful character. Strong woman. She was very much ahead of her time.
Late in life, she moved to England. She died on June 9, 1927 at Norton Park in Bredon’s Norton, Worcestershire, England near Tewkesbury, England, United Kingdom.
Now this account falls short of even the Reader’s Digest Version. What a dance ticket she had.
What interests me the most is her personal constitution. What makes people like this tick the way they tick?
It amazes me. People like this amaze me.
It all makes me wonder.
Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. – Ray Bradbury