Woodrow Wilson. Woodrow Wilson was the twenty-eighth President of the United States of America. Woodrow Wilson became President for his first term partially because of rifts in the Republican party at time. He was a Democrat. He was elected for his second term partially because he kept us out of World War I which had begun during his first term. He encouraged peace and negotiation. Of course, the United States did end up joining the war during his second tern. In April of 1917, President Wilson asked Congress to declare war due in part due to repeated loss of American lives due to German submarine warfare. Woodrow Wilson, two years later, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his promotion and sponsorship of the League of Nations. This came with the end of World War I and the Treaty of Versailles.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in 1856 in Virginia. Wilson’s father was a Presbyterian minister and for a time a professor at the Columbia Theological Seminary. Wilson first attended Davidson College, but transferred to Princeton University when his father went to teach there. He graduated in 1879 before studying law for a year at the University of Virginia. He was later admitted to the Georgia bar. He decided not to work as a lawyer and went on to study at Johns Hopkins University.
In 1885 he married Ellen Axson. She was an artist with celebrated paintings. They had three daughters. Woodrow became President of Princeton University in 1902. He left the university when he became the Governor of New Jersey in 1911. Woodrow Wilson became the President of the United States March 4, 1913. Ellen died of kidney failure during Woodrow Wilson’s first term as President. He mourned her death and focusing on his work as President seemed to help him through his grief. He remarried, Edith Bolling, in 1915.
During Woodrow Wilson’s time in office he was a leader of the Progressive Movement. The 19th Amendment for women’s suffrage passed Congress during his presidency. Following his presidency he and his wife moved to a town house in Washington, D.C. He served as president of the American Historical Association. During his life Woodrow Wilson was, also, a scholar and an author. He published books and essays. Places and things, including schools, have been named to honor Woodrow Wilson.
Enjoy a pastime of yours today. One of Woodrow Wilson’s pastimes when healthy was a daily automobile drive! Enjoy a drive or another favorite activity of yours today! Have a bright day!