According to the mainstream media, and the Democratic Party of course, Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first female ever to be nominated for the Presidency of the United States of America.
However, as with almost everything you see, hear and read in the media about their preferred candidate, is anything they say strictly true?
Victoria Claflin Woodhull, later Victoria Woodhull Martin (September 23, 1838 – June 9, 1927) was an American leader of the woman’s suffrage movement.
In 1872, Woodhull ran for President of the United States. While many historians and authors agree that Woodhull was the first woman to run for President of the United States, some have questioned that priority given issues with the legality of her run.
They disagree with classifying it as a true candidacy because she was younger than the constitutionally mandated age of 35.
However, election coverage by contemporary newspapers does not suggest age was a significant issue.
The presidential inauguration was in March 1873. Woodhull’s 35th birthday was in September 1873.
An activist for women’s rights and labor reforms, Woodhull was also an advocate of free love, by which she meant the freedom to marry, divorce, and bear children without government interference.