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‘Edith’ focuses on crucial role played by president’s wife

Jack Gilpin, as Woodrow Wilson, and Jayne Atkinson, as his wife, rehearse a scene from “Edith,” opening Saturday at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge, Mass. (photo: Kaitria Resetar)
Jack Gilpin, as Woodrow Wilson, and Jayne Atkinson, as his wife, rehearse a scene from “Edith,” opening Saturday at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge, Mass. (photo: Kaitria Resetar)
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One thing about Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, the second wife of our nation’s 28th president: She never shirked a task or ran away from responsibility. When Woodrow Wilson collapsed on Sept. 25, 1919, and then had a serious stroke the following week, it was Edith who became the de facto president, determining who would or wouldn’t see her husband, and what legislation would be presented to him and what wouldn’t. Dubbed “the First Female President” ...

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