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Did You Know?

He was the only president to earn a doctorate.
During his term, the Federal Reserve and Federal Trade Commission were established.
While he was in office, the United States fought in World War I, despite Wilson's campaigning against it.
He was the second president to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was given the prize for his commitment to world peace and his attempt to create the League of Nations.


Key Events in the Administration

Woodrow Wilson
(December 28, 1856 - February 3, 1924)

Life Facts

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First Lady: Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, Wife
Wife's Maiden Name: Ellen Axson
Other Marriages: Edith Bolling Galt
Number of Children: 3
Education Level: Graduate
School Attended: Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University
Religion: Presbyterian
Profession: Professor, Football Coach, President of Princeton University

Public Service:
Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1913 - 3/3/1921
Presidency Number: 28
Number of Terms: 2
Why Presidency Ended: End of 2nd term
Party: Democratic
His Vice President(s): Thomas Marshall
Governor of a State: New Jersey (1911-1913)
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum
Gravesite: The National Cathedral
Museum: Woodrow Wilson House Museum
Home: The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-707-5387
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Programming includes:

Woodrow Wilson Life Portrait: From Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum - Staunton, VA
 Guests included: John Milton Cooper, Jr., author, The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt; Nell Irvin Painter, author, Standing at Armageddon: The United States, 1877-1919;  George Norris, interpreter, Wilson Birthplace and Museum Watch | Order Videotape
John Haynes, Library of Congress, on Wilson's papers Watch
Andrew Carroll on presidential letters Watch
Claire Murphy, curator, on Woodrow Wilson House Watch
August Heckscher, author, Woodrow Wilson: A Biography Watch
Singer/songwriter Oscar Brand on presidential campaign songs Watch  

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