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President of the Month: Woodrow Wilson

Wilson celebrates with the American people after WWI came to an end.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

Wilson celebrates with the American people after WWI came to an end. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia


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By Cooper Steiner

This president experienced the American Civil War and met the great Confederate General Robert E. Lee as a child. He would later grow up to victoriously lead the United States past World War I and establish the forerunner to the United Nations.

Wilson celebrates with the American people after WWI finally came to an end. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

Wilson celebrates with the American people after WWI finally came to an end. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

Woodrow Wilson was born Dec. 28, 1856, in Staunton, Virginia (or Dec. 29 because his mother claims he was born at midnight). He moved between states frequently during the American Civil War because his father was a chaplain in the Confederate army. After the war, Wilson graduated from Princeton University and went to law school at the University of Virginia.

Cooper Steiner, Co-Multimedia Editor

Cooper Steiner, Co-Multimedia Editor

Wilson began his charge in politics in 1910, when he was elected governor of New Jersey. In 1912, he was nominated for president by the Democratic party and won the race with 435 electoral votes.

While in office, Wilson made some incredible changes to the United States. He decreed new child labor laws, gave government loans to farmers and shortened the maximum number of labor hours of a railroad worker.

When World War I started in 1914, Wilson was determined to keep the United States out of the war. On April 2, 1917, he declared war on the Axis powers after German torpedo boats sank an American submarine. America’s involvement helped turn the tide of the war and eventually led to a victory for the Allies.

Wilson helped negotiate the Treaty of Versailles. It was here that he made one of his most important contributions to the nation. He helped plan and work out the details of the League of Nations, an organization intended to prevent future wars. This group would later indirectly develop into the current day United Nations.

Wilson left office in March, 1921; he retired to a small home in Washington, D.C. He died at his home on Feb. 3, 1924, at age 67 and is the only president to be buried in the nation’s capital. However, he will be remembered in history and in American hearts as the president who led a new age of social reform and envisioned a world of peace, not war.

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