Following President Wilson’s stroke, Edith Wilson said, “I myself never made a single decision regarding the disposition of public affairs … The only decision that was mine was … when to present matters to my husband.”
First Ladies of the US Edith Wilson Full Image

Edith Wilson

Edith Bolling Galt Wilson
Years of service: 1915-1921
Born: 1872

First Ladies of the US Edith Wilson Full Image

Edith was a widow for several years before her introduction to President Woodrow Wilson. He assured her of his intentions by sharing official information and seeking Edith’s assistance in confidential presidential matters. The outbreak of World War I overshadowed their blissful marriage. Edith was the first woman to sign the Food Administration pledge for food conservation. Taking the afternoon shift, she donned a Red Cross uniform, rode a bus to Union Train Station, and distributed sandwiches to men leaving for service in Europe. Edith’s primary concern was her husband’s physical and mental health. He suffered a stroke, and with the toll the war had taken on him, she protected him at all costs.


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First Ladies as Teachers, Educators, and Librarians.

The right to an education is a foundational principle of America’s history, and many First Ladies have taken up this cause. We celebrate National First Ladies Day by kicking off this featured exhibit, presented by Huntington Bank.