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    The First Woman to Run for President, Victoria Claflin Woodhull 1888 Letter Signed Victoria Claflin Woodhull (1838-1927), feminist, adventurer, social and political activist, with her sister, Tennessee Claflin, started public life as fortune-tellers with a family medicine show. The Claflin sisters moved to New York City in 1868 and through their friendship with Cornelius Vanderbilt, became extremely successful in the stock market at a time when women were not known for investing. In 1870, the two began publishing Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly advocating free-love and women's rights. In 1872, Woodhull became the first woman to run for president, the nominee of the Equal Rights Party candidate with Frederick Douglas as her running-mate. Denied the right to vote in that election, she caused a huge sensation that week by exposing in her paper the alleged affair between Henry Ward Beecher and the wife of Theodore Tilton. In 1883, Victoria (divorced from Dr. Woodhull since 1864) married an Englishman, John B. Martin. Her sister also married into respectable English society and the two spent the rest of their lives in England working for various charities. Autograph letter signed, "Victoria C. Martin," three pages, on personal stationery, August 24, 1888. A warm letter inviting a friend to come stay in London with both of the sisters. Some mounting remnants on final page not interfering with text, inked identification on top of first page, overall fine... and quite scarce. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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