Ellen Wilson Biography

U.S. First Lady (1860–1914)
While her husband Woodrow was president, First Lady Ellen Wilson advocated improved housing conditions for D.C.'s black population.


While her fiancé Woodrow Wilson finished school, Ellen Axson studied at the Art Students League in New York. Later, she developed her management skills helping Woodrow head Princeton University, govern New Jersey, and run for president. During her short tenure as First Lady (1913-1914), she supported a bill in Congress that set minimum housing standards for D.C. She died soon after it was passed.

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