Ellen and Edith Wilson, King of Diamonds
Oil and acrylic on canvas, 70 x 56"
©1999 Tina Mion
Woodrow Wilson had two wives during his two terms as President. The first was
Ellen, seen here as a head, cut out and tumbled to the floor. Ellen enjoyed
the White House weddings of two of her three daughters. She died of Bright’s
disease in the White House in 1914. Woodrow was so distraught, he told
his aide he wished to be assassinated; but Woodrow had other concerns
to occupy himself with: five days before Ellen’s death, World War
I had begun in Europe.
By the end of 1915, Woodrow was remarried to Edith
Galt, a 43-year-old widow and relative of Pocahontas. There were rumors
that perhaps Woodrow and his fiery, rambunctious widow had murdered poor
forgotten Ellen. Eventually, Edith won over America’s fickle heart.
When Woodrow suffered a stroke in 1919, Edith screened all state matters
and decided which ones to bring to the President’s attention —
many consider her our first de-facto woman President.
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