1872 One Hundred And Twenty-five Years Ago

The Beecher-Tilton Scandal

Among the entrants in the presidential election of 1872 was Victoria Woodhull, the most flamboyant, outspoken, and uncompromising feminist of her day. Woodhull, running on her own Equal Rights ticket, was an Ohio-born faith healer who had moved to New York City in 1868 with her sister Tennessee Claflin, on advice, she said, from the spirit of Demosthenes. They quickly became Wall Street’s first female stockbrokers and began promoting radical causes. In 1871 they tried to vote in a municipal election and were rebuffed, but in 1872 they never even got the chance.Read more »

Dynamic Victoria Woodhull

Her past was shady but her conscience was excellent,
and all in all she played a big part in the emancipation of women


Mrs. John Biddulph Martin, widow of a rich English banker and sister of the Viscountess of Montserrat, lived to the ripe old age of 89 and, in 1927 died in the odor of sanctity, much esteemed for her charitable works. Which was a scandal in the eyes of those who esteemed themselves as right-thinkers.

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