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
Pets: sheep; chickens; cats
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.
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.