Kristie Miller has just completed a dual biography of the two wives of US President Woodrow Wilson, Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson’s First Ladies. Robert H. McGinnis was Kristie’s research associate on this project.
Ellen, a well-educated, shrewd, yet idealistic woman who had her own career as a painter, died during Wilson’s second year in office. But on her deathbed she convinced members of Congress to pass the social welfare legislation for which she had worked. She also tolerated Wilson’s intimate friendship with another woman for the sake of his political career.
Edith was a wealthy widow who inherited a jewelry company from her first husband, and drove one of the capital city’s first electric cars. After her marriage to Wilson, she became involved with the day-to-day workings of his administration, especially after his stroke in 1919.
Advance reviews of Ellen and Edith describe the book as “compelling,” “deeply researched and graced with balanced judgment.”
Forthcoming from University Press of Kansas, October, 2010.