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Ellen Wilson: First Lady to Influence Public Policy

Ellen Wilson
Ellen Wilson Courtesy of Library of Congress
Championing a Cause
Championing a specific project or cause is a common way for a first lady to influence public policy. Ellen Wilson’s public activism was the first to result in legislation. The first lady visited alley homes and lobbied for passage of a bill to eliminate slum dwellings in Washington alleyways. Congress passed the Alley Dwelling Bill, or “Mrs. Wilson’s Bill,” just before her death in 1914.

June 24, 2010 - Posted by | history, politics |

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