Thomas Woodrow Wilson
A Timeline of Events
- Thomas Woodrow Wilson (known as "Tommy" until his college years)
was born December 28, 1856, in Staunton, Virginia, to the Reverend
Joseph Ruggles Wilson and Janet (Jessie) Woodrow Wilson.
- Tommy Wilson moved with his family to Augusta, Georgia, when he was
one, and lived there until his early teens when his family moved to
Columbia, South Carolina.
- The Wilson family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, in
- Tommy Wilson had three siblings: two sisters and a brother.
Education and Academic Life
- Woodrow Wilson attended Davidson College for one year before
entering Princeton University, where he graduated in 1879.
- Woodrow Wilson attended the University of Virginia School of Law
and practiced law briefly.
- Woodrow Wilson earned a doctorate in political science from Johns
Hopkins University and began his academic career as a professor at Bryn
- Woodrow Wilson also taught at Wesleyan University before returning
to Princeton University.
- In 1902, Woodrow Wilson became president of Princeton
Early Political Career
- Woodrow Wilson served as Governor of New Jersey from 1911 to
- Woodrow Wilson married Ellen Louise Axson in 1885. They had three
daughters: Margaret, Jessie, and Eleanor.
- Ellen Axson Wilson, a talented artist, served as First Lady and
died in 1914 from Bright's disease while Woodrow Wilson was in office
as President of the United States.
- Woodrow Wilson married Edith Bolling Galt in 1915.
- Woodrow Wilson took office as the 28th President of the United
States in 1913, becoming the only president to hold a doctorate.
- President Wilson worked with Congressional leaders to pass
legislation that created a federal income tax, established the Federal
Reserve Bank and Federal Trade Commission, and prohibited child
- In 1917, the United States entered World War I and President Wilson
oversaw the nation's massive mobilization.
- In 1918, President Wilson addressed the U.S. Congress, presenting
his "Fourteen Points" and introducing his idea of a Covenant of a
League of Nations, which was included in the Treaty of Versailles.
- President Wilson received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1920.
- After the U.S. Congress voted against accepting the Treaty of
Versailles, President Wilson embarked on a nationwide tour to gain
support for the League of Nations, the precursor to the United
- During his travels, President Wilson suffered a stroke, rendering
him unable to finish his journey. He returned home and finished his
term of office.
- Woodrow Wilson and Edith Bolling Galt lived in Washington, D.C.,
until his death in 1924. His remains are interred at the Washington