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FIRST LADY EDITH BOLLING WILSON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER DOUBLE SIGNED - HFSID 283550

Edith Bolling Wilson, First Lady of President Woodrow Wilson, signed this letter of thanks to the Secretary of Agriculture for sending her flowers every week. She signed this letter with her name and as "Mrs. Woodrow Wilson", a rare combination.

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EDITH BOLLING WILSON
Edith Bolling Wilson, First Lady of President Woodrow Wilson, signed this letter of thanks to the Secretary of Agriculture for sending her flowers every week. She signed this letter with her name and as "Mrs. Woodrow Wilson", a rare combination.
Autograph letter signed "Edith Bolling Wilson" and "(Mrs. Woodrow Wilson]". Red ink and lead penil notations in unknown hand. 3 pages, 4¼x6¾, 1 sheet folded, front and verso. In full: "My dear Mr. Secretary: I have learned through the Chief of Bureau of the Agricultural Department that you have given or-ders to send me flowers once a week - and I feel impelled to send a line of appreci-ation to you personally for so gracious a thought; and to assure you that the flowers will be a Very genuine source of pleasure - With the Seasons greetings - Believe me -". President Woodrow Wilson had two Secretaries of Agriculture during his administration, David F. Houston (1913-1920) and Edwin T. Meredith (1920-1921). Without a date on this letter, we can't be sure to which this letter was directed. On Dec. 18, 1915, 43-year-old widow Edith Bolling Galt (1872-1961),whose husband Norman had died in 1908, married 58-year-old widower President Woodrow Wilson, whose wife Ellen had died in the White House in 1914, in Washington, D.C. President Wilson suffered paralytic strokes on Sept. 26 and Oct. 2, 1919. According to her 1939 autobiography My Memoirs, Edith was told by neurologist Dr. Francis Dercum to "free him from worry". She read dispatches, referred matters to Cabinet officers, took Wilson's dictation and protected him from the stress of political problems. She claimed to have made no decisions regarding public policy but she did admit that her husband never read, never saw, never listened to and never signed anything she had not approved of first. The press called it a "Petticoat Government" or "Mrs. Wilson's Regency", and she was called "Madame President". Under his wife's care, Wilson lived another five years before dying in 1924 at the age of 67. Mrs. Wilson died at 89 on December 28, 1961, the 105th anniversary of her husband's birth. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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