"Victoria Woodhull at the Ballot Box"

Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) was a writer, lecturer suffragist and free love advocate who in 1872 became the first woman to run for U.S. president, sharing the ticket with Frederick Douglass. Raised in her family's traveling medicine show, Victoria and her sister Tennessee became spiritualists and entrepreneurs, and in 1868 formed the first brokerage firm owned by women. With $700,000 in profits they started their own newspaper, "Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly," a radical enterprise advocating birth control, free love, suffragism, vegetarianism, and licensed prostitution. In 1872 the sisters accused the popular Rev. Henry Ward Beecher of adultery and as a result the female presidential candidate spent election day in jail, unable to vote for herself. This "Harper's Weekly" illustration from November 25, 1871, imagines Woodhull campaigning at the ballot box.

November 25, 1871
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