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On July 11, 2019

Bell Ringer: First Female Presidential Candidate: Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull Collection

Linda Hengst talked about the Ohioana Library and materials about 1872 presidential candidate Victoria Woodhull.


Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president. Victoria, along with her sister Tennessee “Tennie” Claflin, were the first women to open a brokerage firm in 1870. In 1872, 50 years before the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote, Victoria became the first woman to run for president, and chose former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass as her running mate. The sisters were also the first female publishers of a weekly newspaper.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What was Victoria Woodhull's background?
  • What are some of Victoria Woodhull and her sister Tennie Claflin's achievements? Which stands out to you as the most significant?
  • What was the argument Victoria made in front of Congress to get women the right to vote?

Additional Resources



    • Abolitionist
    • Clairvoyant
    • Cornelius Vanderbilt
    • Ohio History
    • Stock Broker
    • Suffrage
    • Suffragette


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