Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson

Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson

by William Hazelgrove
Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson

Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson

by William Hazelgrove


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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 responsibilities of the Executive Office. Mrs. Wilson had had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years; yet, in the tenuous peace following the end of World War I, Mrs. Wilson assumed the authority of the office of the president, reading all correspondence intended for her bedridden husband and assuming his role for seventeen long months. Though her Oval Office presence 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621574750
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 10/17/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 665,775
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

The list of Regnery authors reads like a "who's who" of conservative thought, action, and history.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

1 The Cover-Up 1

2 A Bad Day 5

3 The First Mrs. Wilson 13

4 "The President is Paralyzed!" 25

5 A Modern Woman 33

6 Less Is More 39

7 Teddy and Woodrow 47

8 Attack From Within 53

9 The Ardent Lover 59

10 "The Whole Body Will Become Poisoned" 65

11 Christmas on the Bottom of the Ocean 71

12 "A Small-Caliber Man" 75

13 "We Shall Be At War With Germany Within a Month" 81

14 Edith and Major Craufurd-Stuart 87

15 The Garfield Precedent 91

16 Cupid's Triumph 97

17 The Petticoat Government 105

18 The Other Woman 117

19 Mr. And Mrs. President 123

20 The League Fight 129

21 Mrs, Edith Goes to Washington 143

22 Citizen Kane 149

23 The Snows of Sierra Nevada 157

24 A Smelling Committee 167

25 The Shadow of War 173

26 The Coal Strike and Palmer Raids 183

27 The War to End All Wars 187

28 Sunset Boulevard 195

29 All Quiet on the Western Front 199

30 Judas 205

31 The Suffragettes 213

32 Our Own Country 221

33 As Dead As Marley's Ghost 231

34 On the Road 241

35 Merciless to the End 249

36 A Broken Piece of Machinery 255

37 Edith at Large 259

38 The First Woman President 267

Acknowledgments 275

Select Bibliography 277

Notes 283

Index 317

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