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Woodrow Wilson Biography and Facts For Kids


Thomas Woodrow Wilson, twenty-eighth president of the United States, led the country into World War I and was a primary architect of the League of Nations. Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia, on 28 December 1856, the son of Janet Woodrow Wilson and the Rev. Dr. Joseph Ruggles Wilson, a founder of the southern Presbyterian Church. A leader of the Progressive Movement, he served as President of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910, and then as the Governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913. With Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft dividing the Republican Party vote, Wilson was elected President as a Democrat in 1912. He is the only U.S. President to hold a Ph.D. degree, which he obtained from Johns Hopkins University.

Fun Facts and Trivia about Woodrow Wilson

When was Woodrow Wilson born: December 28, 1856
Where was Woodrow Wilson born: Staunton, VA
What was Woodrow Wilson’s job before becoming president: Educator
Who was Woodrow Wilson married to: Ellen Axson Wilson, Edith Galt Wilson
What number president was Woodrow Wilson: 28th
What political party did Woodrow Wilson belong to: Democrat
Who was Woodrow Wilson’s vice president: Thomas R. Marshall
When was Woodrow Wilson president: 1913-1921
How many terms did Woodrow Wilson serve as president: 2
Woodrow Wilson was awarded the Nobel Peace prize
When did Woodrow Wilson die: February 3, 1924
How old was Woodrow Wilson when he died: 67
Where is Woodrow Wilson buried: Washington, DC

Woodrow Wilson Quotes

  • “A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.”
  • “A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt. “
  • “There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace.”
  • “By ‘radical,’ I understand one who goes too far; by ‘conservative,’ one who does not go far enough; by ‘reactionary,’ one who won’t go at all. “
  • “We are citizens of the world. The tragedy of our times is that we do not know this.”
  • “No man has ever risen to the real stature of spiritual manhood until he has found that it is finer to serve somebody else than it is to serve himself.”
  • “Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose. “

Timeline of the Life of Woodrow Wilson

1856 Born at Staunton, Va.
1879 Graduated College of New Jersey
1885 Married Ellen Louise Axson.
1902 Named president of Princeton University.
1906 Work started on the Panama Canal.
1910 Elected governor of New Jersey.
1912 Elected President of the Untied States.
1913 Wilson signed a bill creating an independent Department of Labor.
1913 17th Amendment became law
1913 Congress passed the Underwood Tariff Act and established the Federal Reserve System.
1914 Congress passed the Clayton Antitrust Act and created the Federal Trade Commission.
1914 World War I began in Europe.
1914 Wilson emphasized U.S. neutrality, following the outbreak of World War I in Europe..
1915 The first telephone line linking New York City and San Francisco began operating.
1915 Married Mrs. Edith Bolling Galt.
1916 Re-elected President.
1917 Congress approved the purchase of the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25,000,000.
1917 Congress declared war against Germany.
1918 Wilson set forth the Fourteen Points.