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Edith Bolling Galt Wilson


The Secret President

Edith Bolling Galt Wilson  was the second wife of Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States.  From 1915 to 1921, she served as first lady; however, her duties expanded after her husband had a stroke in 1919.   She has been called "the Secret President" and "the first woman to run the government" because she reviewed all matters of state and decided which were important enough to bring to the disabled president. She also took over many of the routine matters of the president.