|Title||Edith Bolling (Galt) Wilson|
|Collection||First Lady Dolls|
Edith Bolling (Galt) Wilson (1872-1961)
Wife of Woodrow Wilson - served as First Lady from 1915-1921.
Edith Bolling was about 5' 9" tall, had black hair and blue eyes. Her first marriage was to Norman Galt, a jewelry store owner. He died on January 28, 1908. On December 19, 1915, at 43 years old, Edith Bolling Galt married Woodrow Wilson. After a honeymoon in Hot Springs, Virginia, they returned to live in the White House.
From the onset of her marriage to President Wilson, Edith Wilson's primary role as First Lade was as his companion, filter and later guardian. Edith hosted none of the entertaining at dinners and concerts held during the traditional social seasons in the fall and winter-early spring. As pressures mounted on the President in the months leading up to U.S. entry in World War I, she began to screen his mail and limit his callers.
After the Armistice of November 1918 was signed, ending the war, Edith Wilson became the first First Lady to travel to Europe during her incumbency.
One of the most dramatic chapters in presidential history unfolded in October 1919 when Wilson suffered a debilitating stroke. Edith Wilson decided to continue the Administration by conducting a disinformation campaign, misleading Congress and the public into believing that the President was only suffering from temporary exhaustion which required extensive rest. After deciding that Wilson should not resign and Vice President Thomas Marshall should not assume even temporary responsibility, she began what she termed her "stewardship."
Edith Wilson carefully screened the visitors to and activities of her disabled husband until his death in 1924. She devoted the rest of her life to managing his legacy.
Although she resisted any substantive involvement in Democratic Party policy, she was considered a potential vice presidential candidate in 1928. His last public appearance was at the January 20, 1961 Inauguration.
Edith Bolling (Galt) Wilson died at her home in Washington, D.C, in December 1961. She was 89 years old.
|Event||Bicentennial First Lady Doll Exhibit - Community Project|
|Creator||Park, Phyllis Juhlin|
|Costume||Costume by Donna Lewis Reynolds|
|Given||Given by the Walter Anderson Family in honor of Phidelia H. Anderson|
|Source||Uintah County Library|