- 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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A widow herself, Edith Bolling Galt met the grieving Wilson several months after the death of his first wife. Admiration quickly deepened into a more profound relationship, and the two married in late December 1915. True helpmeets, Wilson entrusted Edith with a secret code that accessed highly confidential war documents, and she often sat with him during Oval Office meetings. Additionally,
Edith was the first U.S. first lady to travel with a sitting president on a European goodwill tour.
When President Wilson suffered his second serious stroke in October 1919, Edith masked the severity of his illness, making decisions in his stead and becoming, undercover, what some historians term America's first female president. Wilson made a partial recovery, but spent his remaining years seriously disabled.
After leaving office in 1921, the Wilsons moved to a home in northwest Washington, D.C., where Woodrow Wilson died at the age of 67, on February 3, 1924. He was buried in the Washington National Cathedral.
A scrupulous scholar, Wilson’s books include a biography of George Washington and the five-volume History of the American People.
Wilson was driven by a sense of mission and an ideal his father had instilled in him, to leave the world a better place than you found it. His legacy of peace, social and financial reform, and statesmanship with integrity lives on at the many schools and programs named after him, most notably the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and his old alma mater, Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
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