Birthplace of the First Lady of President Woodrow Wilson and a descendant of Pocahontas. Her humble beginnings in the charming southern town of Wytheville, Virginia served her well as she left her tranquil small-town life to live in the White House as First Lady.
In 1919 when a stroke left President Woodrow Wilson paralyzed, Edith managed his affairs and reportedly handled many governmental details as she helped shield the President and the extent of his illness from Congress and the public. Because of her intimate and extensive involvement during this time, she has been referred to as "The First Woman President".
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