- NAME: Woodrow Wilson
- OCCUPATION: Educator, U.S. President
- BIRTH DATE: December 28, 1856
- DEATH DATE: February 03, 1924
- EDUCATION: Davidson College, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), Law School of the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, Bryn Mawr College, Wesleyan University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Staunton, Virginia
- PLACE OF DEATH: Washington, D.C.
- Full Name: Thomas Woodrow Wilson
- AKA: Tommy Wilson
- AKA: Thomas Wilson
- AKA: Woodrow Wilson
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Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. resident, led America through World War I and crafted the Versailles Treaty's "Fourteen Points," the last of which was creating a League of Nations to ensure world peace. Wilson also created the Federal Reserve and signed the 19th Amendment, allowing women to vote.
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Woodrow Wilson, born on December 28, 1856, in Staunton, Virginia, spent his youth in the South, as the son of a devout Presbyterian family, seeing the ravages of the Civil War and its aftermath. A dedicated scholar and enthusiastic orator, he earned multiple degrees before embarking on a university career. In a fast rise politically, he spent two years as governor of New Jersey before becoming the two-term 28th president of the United States in 1912. Wilson saw America through World War I,
"The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy."
"There is no cause half so sacred as the cause of a people. There is no idea so uplifting as the idea of the service of humanity."
"If you want to make enemies, try to change something."
"America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal - to discover and maintain liberty among men."
negotiating the Versailles Treaty and crafting a League of Nations, a precursor to the United Nations. He suffered his second stroke during the last year of his presidency and died three years after leaving office, on February 3, 1924, with sweeping reforms for the middle class, voting rights for women and precepts for world peace as his legacy.
Woodrow Wilson was born Thomas Woodrow Wilson on December 28, 1856, to Jessie Janet Woodrow and Joseph Ruggles Wilson, a Presbyterian minister. Tommy, as he was called in his youth, was the third of four children to grow up in the Wilsons' warm, studious and devout household. The family lived all over the South, moving from Staunton, Virginia to Augusta, Georgia in Tommy’s first year, to Columbia, South Carolina, in 1870, where Reverend Wilson taught at the Columbia Theological Seminary (he began teaching in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1874).
Witnessing the ravages of the Civil War up close, Reverend Wilson, a Northern transplant, adopted the Confederate cause, and his mother nursed wounded soldiers. Tommy saw Confederate president Jefferson Davis marche through Augusta in chains, and always remembered looking up into the face of the defeated General Robert E. Lee.
Less than stellar in school—scholars now think that Wilson had a form of dyslexia—Reverend Wilson rigorously trained his first son in oratory and debate, which became a particular passion for the boy. He enrolled at nearby Davidson College, but he transferred when his father got a job at Princeton (known as the College of New Jersey until 1896). Wilson went on to study law at the University of Virginia, and earned his Ph.D. in political science and history at Johns Hopkins University. His thesis, Congressional Government, was published, launching a university career, with appointments at Bryn Mawr and Wesleyan.
Wilson's dream job was a professorship at Princeton, which he achieved in 1890, becoming the university's 13th president in 1902. It was largely due to Wilson's efforts that the College of New Jersey evolved into the prestigious Princeton University. In addition to a focus on innovative curriculum upgrades, he was always voted the most popular teacher on campus, renowned for his caring demeanor and high ideals. But it was his oratory skill that brought him renown beyond the university setting. Wilson's first stroke occurred while at Princeton in May 1906, seriously threatening his life.
Political ambitions and university politics had transformed Wilson into a social Democrat, and he was tapped for the governorship of New Jersey in 1910. A determined reformer, his successes made him the darling of Progressives, and he was nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate on the New Freedom platform in 1912.
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