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by John T. Marck

28th President

Term- March 4, 1913 to March 4, 1921

Democratic Party

Birth: Staunton, Virginia, December 28, 1856. (Born Thomas Woodrow Wilson)

Ancestry: Scotch-Irish

Marriage: First Marriage: Savannah, Georgia, June 24, 1885 to Ellen Louise Axson, who was born in Savannah, Georgia, May 15, 1860. Ellen died in Washington, D.C. (White House) August 6, 1914 and is buried at Myrtle Hill, Rome, Georgia.

Second Marriage: Washington, D.C. December 18, 1915 to Edith Bolling Galt, who was born in Wytherville, Virginia October 15, 1872. Edith died in Washington, D.C., December 28, 1961 and is buried at Washington Cathedral, D.C., one crypt below her husband.

Children: Margaret Woodrow (1886-1944); Jessie Woodrow (1887-1932); Eleanor Randolph (1889-1967).

Home: Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 South Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Religion: Presbyterian

Occupation before Presidency: Lawyer, teacher, and president of Princeton University.

Pre-Presidential Offices: Governor of New Jersey

Age at Inauguration: 56

First Administration: Vice President: Thomas R. Marshall of Indiana, Inauguration March 4, 1913, The Capital, Washington, D.C.

Second Administration: Vice President: Thomas R. Marshall of Indiana, Inauguration March 5, 1917, The Capital, Washington, D.C.

Occupation after Presidency: Wilson lived in quiet retirement after his Presidency, then formed a law partnership with Bainbridge Colby. Although Wilson had regained partial use of his arms and legs, (following his stroke in 1919) his physical condition did not permit him to do actual work.

Death: At his home at 2340 S. Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., February 3, 1924.

Cause of Death: Apoplexy at age 67.

Place of Burial: Washington Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

Interesting Facts:

On April 2, 1917, Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war on Germany. War was declared four days later. In 1920 Wilson won the Nobel Peace Prize.

During his Presidency, on May 7, 1915, the British liner, Lusitania was sunk by a German torpedo.

Wilson was first President to talk on the radio.

Wilson dropped his first name of "Thomas" after graduating from Princeton.

Copyright 1993-2022 by John T. Marck. All Rights Reserved. This article and their accompanying pictures, photographs, and line art, may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission from the author. From The Presidents of the United States by John T. Marck.