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Woodrow Wilson's Death
- Woodrow Wilson
- December 28, 1856
- February 3, 1924
The life and death of Woodrow Wilson:
This two term Progressive Democrat believed in an activist foreign policy – to the point where he spearheaded the League of Nations, which was the original (yet failed) version of the United Nations. He also set the Federal Reserve and Federal Income Tax into motion.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in Virginia and earned a Doctorate in political science.
He was a professor and scholar at various colleges and universities, and was President of Princeton University…
…before being elected Governor of New Jersey.
He ran for President in 1912 and here he is in a campaign speech
Wilson served as the 28th President of the United States from March, 1913 to March, 1921.
He was the nation's leader during World War I and in 1919 when the war ended, pushed for the League of Nations and the Treaty of Versailles…
…the strict and punitive terms Germany had to follow, which many historians paved the way for Adolph Hitler's rise to power a few years later.
However, Wilson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
He was also a domestic activist, signing the Federal income tax into, introducing the Federal Reserve system, and backing various trust busting initiatives and establishment of the Federal Trade Commission.
Wilson suffered a debilitating stroke in his second term and Washington was rife with rumors that his First lady, Edith Bolling…
… (his second wife) took on a major role in running his office.
Those murmurings led to the 25th Amendment, dealing with succession to the Presidency.
Wilson died of another stroke three years after leaving office.
He is the only President buried in Washington D.C., at the National Cathedral.
And his photo graces a bill you have a tough time getting change for.