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American politician

AmericanBorn Victoria California CLAFLIN

American leader of the woman's suffrage movement, the first female to run for President of the United States

Born on September 23, 1838 in Homer, Ohio, USA , United States

Died on June 9, 1927 in Bredon, Worcestershire, England

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She was born Victoria California Claflin, the seventh of ten children (six of whom survived to maturity), in the rural frontier town of Homer, Licking County, Ohio. Her mother, Roxanna "Roxy" Hummel Claflin, was illiterate and was illegitimate. She had become a follower of the Austrian mystic Franz Mesmer and the new spiritualist movement. Her father, Reuben "Old Buck" Buckman Claflin, was a con man and snake oil salesman. He came from an impoverished branch of the Massachusetts-based Scots-American Claflin family, semi-distant cousins to Governor William Claflin. Victoria became close to her sister, Tennessee Celeste Claflin (called Tennie), seven years her junior and the last child born to the family. As adults they collaborated in founding a stock brokerage and newspaper in New York City. When only seven she was accused of burning down a cupola. She was beaten starved and sexually abused by her father, when still very young. Victoria believed in spiritualism - she referred to Banquo's Ghost from Shakespeare's Macbeth - because it gave her belief in a better life. She was guided in 1868 by Demosthenes as a guide to what symbolism would be her theories of Free Love.

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