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Reproduction of a portrait depicting Victoria Claflin Woodhull from Homer, Ohio. Woodhull was one of the most controversial women of the nineteenth century. Rejecting conventional women's roles, Woodhull toured the country speaking on such topics as women's rights and social reform for women. In 1871, she testified before Congress in an attempt to gain women's rights through the citizenship guarantees of the 14th and 15th amendments. When Congress denied her claims, Woodhull decided to run for president of the United States the following year as the Equal Rights Party Candidate. The cartoon measures 9 by 15 inches (22.86 by 38.1 cm). Victoria Claflin Woodhull was born in Homer, Ohio. Although her family was poor, she and her sister Tennessee Claflin became the first women to own and operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street. They also published a newspaper Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly. Woodhull was at the center of many scandals and eventually even the most radical members of the woman's rights movement tried to distance themselves from her. She moved to England in 1877 and later married an Englishman. She died in 1927. Thomas Nast (1840-1902) was born in Landau, Germany. He emigrated to the United States and became a successful caricaturist, illustrator, and painter. He is best known for his political cartoons and illustrations of Santa Claus.


Ohio Historical Soceity SC 4135, AL01099 from the Victoria Claflin Woodhull Collection.


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