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Victoria C. Woodhull, A Biographical Sketch by Theodore Tilton, published in 1871

Lifetime Television Portrait Incorrectly states that Victoria was the first woman to publish a newspaper. Also gives the wrong year for her birth, among other errors.

Brief Biography by Victoria Claflin Woodhull's distant cousin, Terri Sestito

Errors: Sestito's ancestor, Rebecca Claflin Nash, is not Victoria's first cousin. Rebecca is Victoria's fourth cousin. Their last common ancestor is Daniel Claflin (1674-1775). Some argue Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the first to address Congress, not Victoria. Incorrectly states that Victoria's name did not appear on the ballot because of her age. In 1872 ballots were not printed by the government, but were printed by political parties. The only way Victoria's name would not have appeared on the Equal Rights Party ballot is if a ballot were never printed by the party. If the Equal Rights Party printed a ballot, Victoria's name was on it. The year of the divorce from Dr. Woodhull is unknown. Victoria died June 9, not June 10. It's also unlikely that Victoria's fourth cousin or her fourth cousin's sister would have anything to do with her alleged burial.

Who Was Victoria Woodhull?

From the web site of Naomi Wolf's Woodhull Institute. (No affiliation with Victoria Woodhull & Company.)

Errors: Uses the term "feminist" anachronistically, as the term did not exist until the 1890's, decades after the height of Victoria's fame. Victoria was not the first to produce her own newspaper.

Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia Article from the History Channel.

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Entry

Errors: It was not until after Victoria was married and living in Indianapolis that she turned to fortune telling for money. Col. Blood was not just her "lover," he was her husband. Stephen Pearl Andrews did not join Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly until after it had been founded. The Equal Rights Party was not an off-shoot of Susan B. Anthony's NWSA. Anthony opposed the founding of the party.  Also, Victoria and Tennessee did not join the spiritualist movement until 1871.

University of Maryland Reading Room Biography

University of Maryland Women's Studies Biography with Victoria Woodhull Illustration

Errors: Some say Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the first to address Congress and not Victoria Woodhull. Victoria was probably the first woman to address a joint committee of Congress.

American History 102 by Stanley Schultz & William Tishler

Errors: Only Tennessee spent her childhood travelling in a medicine show. Victoria was married by the time Tennessee began her career as the "wonder child." The "thinly veiled blackmail" is a matter of opinion.

           Biography on A&E

From the editors of Britannica Online

World Book Encyclopedia

American Heritage Dictionary Includes pronunciation.

Tennessee Claflin Bio by Carondelet High School Students

Victoria Woodhull from Spartacus Educational UK

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