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America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
Edith Wilson
First Lady: 1913 - 1921
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  • Ellen and Edith Wilson program
  • Call-in program on Ellen and Edith
  • Book discussion on Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies
  • Tour of Woodrow Wilson House - Part 2
  • Role during Pres. Wilson's illness
  • The Woodrow Wilson House - Cary Fuller, the grandnephew of Edith Wilson
  • The Woodrow Wilson House - Library
  • The Woodrow Wilson House - Dining Room
  • Birthplace in Wytheville, Virginia
  • Dr. Grayson Letters
  • Influence during her Husband's Illness
  • Marriage
  • Introduction to Woodrow Wilson
  • Role in the White House
  • Ellen and Edith Wilson
  • A brief Introduction to Ellen and Edith Wilson
  • Biographer Phyllis Lee Levin on Edith Wilson
  • Edith Mayo on Edith Wilson
  • Book Discussion on Edith and Woodrow


Edith Wilson

Woodrow Wilson
I studied every paper, sent from different Secretaries or Senators, and tried to digest and present in tabloid form the things that, despite my vigilance, had to go to the President. I, myself, never made a single decision regarding the disposition of public affairs. The only decision that was mine was what was important and what was not, and the very important decision of when to present matters to my husband.

Born - October 15, 1872 in Wytheville, Virginia

Parents - William Holcombe Bolling & Sallie White Bolling

Married - December 18, 1915 to Woodrow Wilson (first marriage to Norman Galt in 1896, widowed in 1908)

Children - none

Education - Martha Washington College in Abingdon, Virginia

Occupation - jewelry store owner

Firsts - 1st First Lady to receive permanent Secret Service protection

Died - December 28, 1961 in Washington, D.C.

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Edith Wilson married the president during his first term.

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