Woodrow Wilson

Twenty-Eighth President 1913-1921


Born: December 28, 1856 at Staunton, Virginia; named Thomas Woodrow Wilson.

Education: Attended Princeton University, University of Virginia Law School; Ph. D. from John Hopkins.

Occupation: Educator, lawyer, public official. College professor, 1885-1902; president of Princeton University 1902-10.

Religion: Presbyterian.

Family life: Married Ellen Axson 1885; they had three daughters. She died from Bright's disease, she died serenely on August 6, 1914. Wilson took her to Rome for burial among her kin. After her death he married a widow, Edith Galt on December 18, 1915 She died on December 28, 1961 the anniversary of her famous husband's birth.

Politicial career: Nominated for New Jersey governor, 1910; then by the Democrats for president in 1912. Reelected in 1916 on slogan "He kept us out of war." Awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1920.

Highlights of his presidency: Federal Reserve System created. Clayton Antitrust Act passed. Strained relations with Mexico. In second term confronted with World War I. Advocate of League of Nations. Lost bitter fight with the senate over peace treaty.

Appearance: Tall, lean, with narrow face; scholarly appearance.

Died: February 3, 1924 in Washington D.C..

Buried: National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., in which the sarcophagus containing President Wilson's body rests.


  • President Woodrow Wilson's War Message
  • The Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum
  • Wilson, Woodrow
  • First Inaugural Address
  • Second Inaugural Address
  • 1919 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate




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