Edith Wilson, America’s ‘first female president,’ dies 50 years ago this hour (1961)

(Thursday, December 28, 1961, 10:45 p.m. EST)Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, First Lady of the United States from 1915 to 1921 as the second wife of President Woodrow Wilson, died tonight of congestive heart failure at her Washington home. She was 89.

Wilson has been labeled “the Secret President” and “the first woman to run the government” for the role she played when her husband suffered prolonged and disabling illness after a stroke in October 1919. Some even refer to her as “the first female president of the United States.”

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