VICTORIA “TERRIBLE SIREN” WOODHULL
AUTOGRAPHED LETTER SIGNED 12/04/1895
MEASURES 8 X 10 INCHES
EXCELLENT CONDITION AND EXTREMELY RARE!
THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS GIFT
PLACE OF BIRTH: Homer, Licking County, Ohio
FAMILY BACKGROUND: Victoria was born fifth among seven children to Reuben Buckman (“Buck”) Claflin and Roxanna (Hummel) Claflin. Buck was a gristmill operator, but had a get-rich-quick streak that led him to gambling, scheming and lawsuits. Roxanna was fiery tempered, quick-witted and inclined toward clairvoyance. She brought her children often to camp revivals in the woods by traveling preachers, especially Rev. Lyman Beecher (father of Victoria’s later adversary), and would get caught up in religious ecstasy, whirling and speaking in tongues.
EDUCATION: Victoria was mostly self-taught.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Victoria inherited much of her mother’s fiery personality, and was imitating preachers at a young age. She also showed signs of clairvoyance. At the age of 10, Victoria had visions in which Demosthenes (a prominent Greek statesman and orator of 4th century Athens) appeared as her patron saint. Her sister Tennessee (“Tennie”) also shared the gift of “second sight.” Their father saw his opportunity, changing his name to “Dr. R.B. Claflin, American King of Cancers,” and taking his daughters on the road as psychic healers, and holding seances, complete with rapping sounds and moving furniture. She spent most of her youth traveling with her family’s medicine show, telling fortunes, selling patent medicines, and performing a spiritualist act with her sister Tennessee.