After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919 – and before women could vote – 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 dedicated herself to managing the office of the President, reading all correspondence intended for her bedridden husband. William Hazelgrove, the bestselling author of eight novels, discusses how Edith Wilson was acknowledged in Washington, D.C. circles at the time, but her legacy as "First Woman President" is now largely forgotten.
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