Born In: Staunton, Virginia, United States
Woodrow Wilson was the 28th president of the United States. He served in the office for two terms, from 1913 to 1921. He led America during ‘World War I,’ and played a major role in the conclusion of the ‘Treaty of Versailles.’ He was also instrumental in the formation of the ‘League of Nations,’ which served as a precursor to the ‘United Nations Organization.’ For his lead role in the formation of the ‘League of Nations,’ Wilson was awarded the 1919 ‘Nobel Peace Prize.’ Born into a devout Presbyterian family, Wilson had an ordinary academic record in school and was affected by dyslexia. But he overcame his issues and became a dedicated scholar. He went on to study law and earned his Ph.D. in political science and history. He started teaching at ‘Princeton University’ in 1890, and served as the president of ‘Princeton University’ from 1902 to 1910. He entered politics in 1910, becoming the governor of New Jersey on Democratic Party ticket. Wilson was chosen as Democratic Party’s presidential candidate for the 1912 elections and he won the election quite easily. When ‘World War I’ broke out, he initially adopted the policy of neutrality but was later forced to enter the war due to Germany’s unrestricted submarine warfare. As president, he undertook several progressive reforms. He supported the 19th Amendment, allowing women to vote. For his able leadership, Woodrow Wilson is ranked amongst the top ten U.S. presidents.
Also Known As: Thomas Woodrow Wilson
Died At Age: 67
Spouse/Ex-: Edith Wilson (m. 1915–1924), Ellen Axson Wilson (m. 1885–1914)
father: Joseph Ruggles Wilson
mother: Jessie Janet Woodrow
siblings: Anne E. Wilson Howe, Joseph Ruggles Wilson, Jr., Marion Wilson
children: Eleanor Wilson McAdoo, Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre, Margaret Woodrow Wilson
Born Country: United States
political ideology: Political party - Democratic
place of death: Wilson House, Washington, D.C., United States
Ancestry: British American
Notable Alumni: Davidson College
Cause of Death: Neurological Disease
U.S. State: Virginia
Founder/Co-Founder: League of Nations
education: University Of Virginia, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, Davidson College
In 1910, he entered politics by contesting New Jersey’s gubernatorial election on Democratic Party’s ticket. Wilson won the election by defeating Republican candidate Vivian M. Lewis and became the governor of New Jersey.
In 1912, Wilson was chosen as Democratic Party’s candidate for the presidential election. He won the election easily as the Republican vote was split between William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt.
He became the 28th president of the United States on March 4, 1913. Immediately upon assuming the office, he rolled out his reforms agenda. He introduced the ‘Federal Reserve System,’ checked monopolies and unfair trade practices, established an eight-hour workday with additional pay for overtime work for interstate railroad workers, and increased credit to rural farmers.
The United States entered ‘World War I’ in April 1917, and Wilson led the nation well during this period. After the war ended, Americans were perceived as heroes.
Wilson fell in love with Ellen Louise Axson, an accomplished artist, and the two got married in 1885. The couple had three daughters and remained married till Ellen's death in 1914.
Wilson married Edith Bolling Galt in December 1915. It is said that when Wilson suffered a serious stroke in October 1919, Edith hid the severity of his illness and made decisions in his stead.
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