Woodrow Wilson
28th President of the United States

(1913 - 1921)
Vice President: Thomas R. Marshall

President & Mrs. Wilson leaving Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. after addressing the D. A. R., April 17, 1916.

 
     

Woodrow Wilson as a college professor.

  

President: Woodrow Wilson

Wife: Ellen Louise Axson (1860-1914), on June 24, 1885; Edith Bolling Galt (1872-1961), on December 18 , 1915

Kids: Margaret Woodrow Wilson (1886-1944); Jessie Woodrow Wilson (1887-1933); Eleanor Randolph Wilson (1889-1967)

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Bio: Woodrow (Thomas) Wilson (1856-1924) was the 28th President Of The United States and was born in Staunton, Virginia. He was the son of a Presbyterian Church pastor. In 1873, he entered Davidson College in North Carolina. Wilson opened an unsuccessful law office in Atlanta in June 1882. On June 24, 1885, he married Ellen Louise Axson in Rome, Georgia.

After 12 years of professorship at Princeton, he was elevated to the presidency of the university in 1902, a position which he held for 8 years. In 1910, Wilson became the governor of New Jersey. His success as governor lead to his nomination as president. Wilson ran with his promise of a New Freedom, a program to reduce tariffs, strengthen anti-trust laws and fix the banking system.

He was the first Democrat in the Presidential Office in 20 years. Major accomplishments while in office included currency and banking reform and the Federal Reserve bill. It established 12 Federal Reserve banks to perform central banking functions. The measure also created Federal Reserve notes, issued by Federal Reserve banks against gold and commercial credits.

In August of 1914, his wife passed away and a war in Europe began. Wilson was supported by the American people in his announcement to remain neutral. However, when a German submarine torpedoed the British liner Lusitania on May 7, 1915, they killed more than 100 Americans. Wilson issued a warning that another incident would bring the US into the war.

When Germany announced a proclamation of unlimited submarine warfare against all maritime commerce, Wilson moved toward war. Congress adopted the war resolution on April 6, 1917. One and a half years later, the Allies were victorious and Wilson facilitated the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918.

After his term was over, Wilson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1919. He retired with his second wife, Edith Bolling Galt, and died Feb. 3, 1924.
 

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