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First Female Candidate for US President Ran in 1872

  • Chris Hannas

Victoria Claflin Woodhull, shown in this undated file photo, was the first woman to run for president.

Hillary Clinton is the first woman named as a major party's nominee for president, but she is far from the first woman to run for the nation's highest office. That distinction goes to Victoria Claflin Woodhull.

-Ran in the 1872 election as the Equal Rights Party nominee

-Abolitionist Frederick Douglass was chosen as her running mate, but he never acknowledged the campaign

-Promoted allowing women to vote (they could not yet under the Constitution) as well as reforms for workers

-Could not legally allowed to vote for herself, and at 34 years old would have been a year shy of being eligible for the presidency

-Backed by financier Cornelius Vanderbilt, she and her sister opened the first Wall Street brokerage firm run by women

-Died in England in 1927, about seven years after women in the U.S. gained the right to vote

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