Woodrow Wilson Biography

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921 and leader of the Progressive Movement. He served as President of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910 and was Governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913. He led his Democratic Party to win control of both the White House and Congress in 1912.

Wilson induced a conservative Democratic Congress to pass a progressive legislative agenda, unparalleled until the New Deal in 1933. This included the Federal Reserve Act, Federal Trade Commission Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, the Federal Farm Loan Act and an income tax. Child labor was temporarily curtailed by the Keating–Owen Act of 1916. Wilson also averted a railroad strike and an ensuing economic crisis through passage of the Adamson Act, imposing an 8-hour workday for railroads. At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Wilson maintained a policy of neutrality.

Narrowly re-elected in 1916 around the slogan "He kept us out of war", Wilson's second term was dominated by American entry into World War I. That year he proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day in a patriotic speech that bore out the nation's anti-German sentiment. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Woodrow Wilson
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Politician, Lawyer, Professor, Political Scientist, Historian
Ethnicity:
Scottish American, Scotch-Irish American, White peop
Religion:
Presbyterianism
Date of Birth:
December 28, 1856
Astrological Sign:
Capricorn
Date of Death:
February 3, 1924
Age at Death:
67
Cause of Death:
Stroke
Marriages
  • 1885-06-24
    28th US President Woodrow Wilson (28) weds Presbyterian minister's daughter Ellen Louise Axson (25) in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1915-12-10
    28th US President Woodrow Wilson marries 2nd wife Edith Galt, a descendant of native American Pocahontas
Woodrow Wilson Timeline
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