#28: Woodrow Wilson

August 23, 2013

President Woodrow Wilson www.PresidentialFactsandTrivia.com

Facts:

Born December 29, 1856, Died February 3, 1924

Presidential Terms (2): March 4, 1913 to March 4, 1921

President Woodrow Wilson Trivia:

Wilson was the first U.S. President who had also been the president of a major university …

Along the same lines, Wilson in the only president to have a PH.D …

Wilson’s real first name was Thomas; he went by Thomas until well into his adulthood …

Wilson won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in establishing the League of Nations. He received the award in 1920 …

Wilson’s campaign tagline for the 1916 election was “He Kept Us Out Of War”, a reference to World War One which was raging in Europe at the time. Wilson won his bid for a second term; the U.S. entered World War One shortly thereafter …

The 1916 election was one of the closest ever. Wilson prevailed with 277 votes, while the Republican challenger Charles Evans Hughes has 274 …

Wilson believed in a university education. He was, after all, president of a university before he was President of the United States. His thoughts on the matter: “The purpose of a university is to make young gentlemen as unlike their fathers as possible.”

Wilson’s health history included three strokes during his lifetime. The first, which he suffered in 1906 at age 49, left him blind in his left eye. His second stroke, in Octber 1919, left him incapacitated and bedridden in the White House. His third and final stroke in early 1924 ultimately led to his death in February of that year at age 67.

Woodrow Wilson’s last words: “I am a broken piece of machinery. When the machinery is broken … I am ready.”

Wilson was married twice. His first wife, Ellen, died during Wilson’s first term in 1914. He subsequently met and married his second wife Edith in late 1915. Edith Wilson is credited with helping run the country after Wilson’s dehabilitating stroke in 1919. She served as buffer between Wilson’s Cabinet and advisors and communicated his responses on policy issues. She was known as being quite interested in politics herself and by all accounts was well versed on Wilson’s viewpoint and political positions. While the extent of her influence has long been debated, she was certainly instrumental during the latter half of Wilson’s second term …

Wilson is the only president buried within the District of Columbia. He is interred at the National Cathedral …

Wilson was born in Virginia but was largely raised in Augusta, Georgia. His father served as a Confederate chaplain during the Civil War. One of Wilson’s vivid childhood memories was seeing a captured Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, being marched in chains and handcuffs through the streets of Augusta en route to a federal prison …

President Woodrow Wilson Literary Resources

For more information, click on the titles …

“Edith and Woodrow” (the story of Wilson, his 2nd wife Edith, and her role in helping to run the country)

“Woodrow Wilson” (a definitive new biography of the 28th President)

“Woodrow Wilson and The Roots of Modern Liberalism”

President Woodrow Wilson Historic Sites

There are two President Woodrow Wilson historical sites open to the general public …

The first is the highly regarded Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in beautiful Staunton, Virginia. The complex includes an interactive museum outlining Wilson’s life, along with some of the most comprehesive World War One exhibits anywhere. The future president’s birthplace home is adjacent and is open for tours. The town of Staunton and the surrounding area offers some of the most beautiful scenery in north central Virginia. The town of Staunton is a perfect overnight destination, particularly the Red Brick District, an historic area of town that’s the center for arts, culture, dining, and shopping in the area …

Here’s an excellent video which provides an overview of the Wilson Library and Museum:

The second President Wilson historic site is the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C. It is located at 2340 S Street and is administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This is the home where Wilson lived the last three years of his life from 1921 to 1924, just after leaving the presidency. Wilson and his wife Edith bought the home in 1921; it was constructed in 1915.

This video gives an overview of the Wilson home, as well as some fascinating historical artifacts:

The Wilson Home offers visitors the chance to view an exceptional collection of Wilson memorabilia. The home has been restored to reflect the time period Wilson and his wife lived there; of particular note are the elaborate gifts Wilson received from countries around the world. If you are visiting Washington, D.C. and appreciate presidential and U.S. history, add a tour of the Wilson Home to your itinerary. Bustling Connecticut Street and all its shops and restaurants are only three blocks away …

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