I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may help prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States. He held the office from March 4, 1913 until March 4, 1921. He was, also, an academic, educator, author, historian, and political scientist.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in 1856 in Staunton, Virginia. He had three siblings. His father was a founder of the Southern Presbyterian Church in the United States. The family moved a few times during Woodrow’s childhood. Wilson attended Davidson College before sickness cut his study short. He later transferred to Princeton. He graduated in 1879. He then attended the University of Virginia before moving home to continue to study law. He was admitted to the Georgia bar and began law practice in 1882. In 1886, he received a Ph.D. from John Hopkins University.
In 1885, he married Ellen Axson. She gave up her burgeoning artistic pursuits. They had three daughters. In 1914, Ellen died following ill health and kidney failure. Woodrow wed the fellow widow Edith Bolling Galt in late 1915.
After trying a law practice, he had worked as a professor and scholar at various institutions. In 1902, he became the President of Princeton University. He served as such until 1910. In 1911, he became the Governor of New Jersey. His next elected position was the Presidency of the United States.
Progressive legislation was enacted during his Presidency, including the Federal Reserve Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, and the Federal Farm Loan Act. His second term of office was dominated by America’s entry into World War I. He received the 1919 Nobel Peace Prize for his sponsorship of the League of Nations. The Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote was passed in 1920.
After the United States Presidency, he served as the President of the American Historical Association. He died in 1924 and was interred in the Washington National Cathedral. Places and memorials have been named or created in his honor. Woodrow Wilson has had numerous books and essays published. His nicknames include The Phrasemaker and The Schoolmaster. Be inspired! Have a bright day!