Woodhull, Victoria (Claflin), 1838-1927, and Tennessee Claflin, 1846-1923, American journalists and lecturers, b. Ohio, sisters noted for their beauty and wildly eccentric behavior. As children they traveled throughout Ohio with their parents, giving spiritualist demonstrations. At 15, Victoria married Dr. Canning Woodhull but continued to tour as a clairvoyant with Tennessee. Victoria divorced Woodhull in 1864 and two years later probably married Col. James Blood (there is doubt as to the validity of the marriage). Tennessee married John Bartels but retained her maiden name. In New York City after 1868, the sisters were backed in a brokerage venture by Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was interested in spiritualism. In 1870, Victoria and Tennessee, with the financial support of Col. Blood, became proprietors of Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly, a sensational journal that took stands in favor of woman suffrage, free love, and socialism. In 1872 the paper reported rumors of a love affair between Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and the wife of Theodore Tilton, which provoked a national scandal. Also in 1872, the journal published the first English translation of The Communist Manifesto. In the same year Victoria became the first woman candidate for president, running on the People's party ticket with Frederick Douglass as her running mate. The two sisters moved to England in 1877. Victoria, having divorced Blood, married John Biddulph Martin, a wealthy banker. Tennessee, also divorced, married Francis Cook, an English art collector who became a baronet in 1886. Both women became well-known philanthropists.

See biographies by J. Johnston (1967) and M. M. Marberry (1967); B. Goldsmith, Other Powers (1998); M. Gabriel, Notorious Victoria (1998).

Woodhull is a village in Henry County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the village had a population of 809. AlWood High School and Middle School is located in Woodhull, with students coming from nearby Alpha after the merger in the early 50's, and also with students coming from the country surrounding Opheim, Lynn Center, Andover, Cambridge, New Windsor, Rio, and Oneida. The school's mascot is the Aces, although it has been referred to as the "Flying Aces" numerous times.


Woodhull is located at (41.178879, -90.315230).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 809 people, 348 households, and 238 families residing in the village. The population density was 980.6 people per square mile (376.3/km²). There were 361 housing units at an average density of 437.6/sq mi (167.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.01% White, 0.37% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.12% Asian, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.24% of the population.

There were 348 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the village the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $35,288, and the median income for a family was $42,500. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $26,136 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,738. About 5.4% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.


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