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Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson
Author: William Hazelgrove
Genre: Narrative Nonfiction
Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, his wife,
First Lady Edith Wilson, began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the
Executive Office. Mrs. Wilson had had little formal education and had only been
married to President Wilson for four years; yet, in the tenuous peace following
the end of World War I, Mrs. Wilson dedicated herself to managing the office of
the President, reading all correspondence intended for her bedridden husband.
Though her Oval Office authority was acknowledged in Washington, D.C. circles at the time--one senator called
her "the Presidentress who had fulfilled the dream of suffragettes by
changing her title from First Lady to Acting First Man"--her legacy as
"First Woman President" is now largely forgotten.
William Hazelgrove's Madam President is a vivid, engaging portrait of the
woman who became the acting President of the United States in 1919, months before women officially
won the right to vote. Movie Rights Optioned by Storyline Entertainment.
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She was from the South and had two years of formal schooling and wrote
like a child. She married a quiet man
from Washington and her baby died after three months.
Her husband then died and left her with a failing jewelry company that was
severely in debt. She turned the company around while taking almost no salary.
She bought an electric car and was issued the first driver’s license given to a
woman in the District of Columbia. She married a President who had been recently widowed. In four years,
the President would have a severe stroke, and leave her to run the Unites
States Government and negotiate the end of World War I.
She was our First Woman
About the Author
William Elliott Hazelgrove is the best-selling author of
thirteen novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks, Mica Highways, Rocket Man, The
Pitcher, Real Santa, Jackpine and The Pitcher 2. His books have received
starred reviews in Publisher Weekly and Booklist, Book of the Month Selections,
Junior Library Guild Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards and optioned for the
movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the
attic of Ernest Hemingway's birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for
USA Today and other publications. He has been the subject of interviews in
NPR's All Things Considered along with features in The New York Times, LA
Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Richmond Times Dispatch, USA Today,
People, Channel 11, NBC, WBEZ, WGN. The Pitcher is a Junior Library Guild
Selection and was chosen Book of the Year by Books and Authors. net. His next
book Jackpine will be out Spring 2014 with Koehler Books. A follow up novel
Real Santa will be out fall of 2014. Madam
President The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson will be out Fall 2016.
Storyline optioned the movie rights. Forging a President How the West Created
Teddy Roosevelt will be out May 2017.
He runs a political cultural blog, The View From
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