Who was the world's first woman to run for US president?
Victoria Claflin Woodhull was the
first woman to be nominated and campaign for the U.S. presidency in 1872. She
was nominated by the Women's National Equal Rights Party; however, many people
called it the free love ticket.
Not only was she the first woman to run for the
presidency, but her and her sister, Tennessee, were the first female
stockbrokers in 1870. During the time of her campaign for president she devoted
an entire issue of Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly (November 2, 1872) to a rumored
affair between Elizabeth Tilton and Reverend Henry Ward Beecher. With this
issue, Victoria and Tennessee were both arrested by U.S. Federal Marshals for
sending obscene material through the mail. The arrest prevented Victoria from
being present during the 1872 presidential election.
Victoria Claflin Woodhull
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