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Women Candidates for President of the U.S.: The First Two

FYI: Landmarks to the first two women candidates for President of the United States.  I wrote about Victoria Woodhull in my book “Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World.” Her run-in with SBA re her candidacy is on pp. 148-149. Her dramatic encounter with ECS in London is on p. 173. The marker, located in Homer, Ohio, reads: “Because of her unrelenting advocacy of woman’s suffrage, Victoria Woodhull was nominated to run for president by the “Equal Rights” party in 1872. Her life was a continual campaign to fight for woman’s suffrage, civil rights, and child labor reform laws. In 1879, Victoria married John Martin and lived her remaining years in British Society. She died in England in 1927.”

Belva Lockwood was the first woman to run an actual campaign and to receive votes.  I’m writing about her in my current project. Her marker is located in Royalton, New York. It  reads: “Near this spot stood the log cabin birthplace of Belva A. Bennett 1830-1912.  As Belva Lockwood she became the first woman to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was also the first woman to run for the office of President of the United States in  1884 and 1888.”

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