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President Woodrow Wilson

Updated Jan 21, 2020
Ancient Faces
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on Jan 09, 2012 12:04 PM
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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.”
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AncientFaces commented on Jan 14, 2020
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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