It is that time again…a history lesson from the old professor….(pause here and wait for the moans and groans to die down)
As it stands today the title could be in reference to the president we have now, one Donald Trump…..but wishful thinking aside this post is about Woodrow Wilson the 28th president of the United States of America.
Woodrow Wilson was the 28th president of the United States of America. He was born in Virginia in 1856. He was the son of a Reverend and traveled quite a bit as a child with his family. He attended college at what is now Princeton University, studied law at the University of Virginia, and earned a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He later taught at Princeton, and became president of the university in 1902. He became governor of New Jersey in 1910. He ran for president in 1912 and won, making Wilson the 28th U.S. president. A few items he worked on were the Federal Reserve Act, The Clayton Antitrust Act, The Federal Farm Loan Act, Federal Trade Commission Act and income tax. He was responsible for an agenda that was large and unmatched until the New Deal.
During his presidency, Wilson was an advocate for farmers and small businesses. He tried to remain neutral when World War I began in Europe in 1914, but finally had Congress make a declaration of war in 1917. Wilson proposed his famous 14 points as part of the Treaty of Versailles; his final point was the creation of the League of Nations. Wilson was awarded a Noble Peace Prize for his attempts at solidifying world peace. After a series of debilitating strokes, his wife, Edith, was believed to have made many important decisions for Wilson while he convalesced; he never permanently recovered. Woodrow Wilson died in 1924, just three years after leaving office.
Little is known about Wilson’s wife after his strokes….it is said that she became the first female president…..
Your history is over….you may relax now.