Woman of the Month: Victoria Woodhull

The Woman Who, Nevertheless, Persisted

On September 23, 1838, Victoria Woodhull was born to businessman-criminal Reuben “Buck” Claflin and his wife, Anna. Growing up in a struggling, nomadic family, Victoria and her ten siblings received only three years of formal education. To support the family, she and her sister Tennessee worked as faith healers, claiming they were clairvoyant (“Victoria C. Woodhull”). Historians agree the Claflin children endured abuse at the hands of their father, though the extent of this abuse is debated. Biographer…