President Woodrow Wilson

Updated Jan 14, 2020

President Woodrow Wilson, seated at desk with his wife, Edith Bolling Galt, standing at his side

The previous October, Wilson had suffered a stroke and many believe that Edith became the de facto President of the United States. For the next 1.5 years of his presidency, he was partially paralyzed and blind and also suffered brain damage.

The French ambassador to the US said that "Wilson was a non-factor in governance. The real power rested with “Mme. President.”


People in This Photo

Thomas Woodrow Wilson
Dec 28, 1856 - Feb 3, 1924
Edith (Bolling) Wilson
Oct 15, 1872 - Dec 28, 1961

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Created by Harris & Ewing, photographer
Format / Medium
  • Group portraits--1920.
  • Photographic prints--1920.
  • Portrait photographs--1920.
  • 1 photographic print.
  • Copy print of photograph stamped lower left: "Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C."
  • Title devised by Library staff.
  • Caption on item: First posed picture after Mr. Wilson's illness, White House, June 1920.
  • Copyright by Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C.
AncientFaces Can a woman be US President? Well, many would argue that a woman has been President. 100 years ago, Wilson suffered a stroke (10/1919) and for the next 1.5 years, his wife, Edith, either carried out his wishes - or made the decisions?
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