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Woodrow WilsonWoodrow Wilson: A Chronology of His Life and Career

Before reaching the height of popularity as a world statesman, Woodrow Wilson achieved success in two other careers. First, as a scholar, teacher, and university president, he greatly influenced the course of education. Then, as a political leader, he brought successful legislative reforms to state and national government. Wilson would have won a place in history even if he had been active in only one of his three careers.

December 28, 1856 birthplace Born at Staunton, Virginia.
1858   Moved with his family to Augusta, Georgia.
1870   Moved with his family to Columbia, South Carolina.
1873   Entered Davidson College at Davidson, North Carolina; left after his freshman year to attend Princeton College.
1879   Graduated from Princeton College (now Princeton University).
1879   Entered the University of Virginia Law School at Charlottesville; withdrew in 1880 because of ill health.
1882   Established a law office in Atlanta, Georgia.
1885   Published Congressional Government, A Study in American Politics.
June 24, 1885   Married Ellen Louise Axson.
1885   Became an associate professor of history at Bryn Mawr College.
1886   Awarded a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
    Became professor of history and political economy at Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut).
1889   Published The State.
1890   Became professor of jurisprudence and political economy at Princeton University.
June 9, 1902   Named president of Princeton University.
November 8, 1910   Elected Governor of New Jersey.
November 5, 1912 Woodrow Wilson's Administration Elected President of the United States.
August 6, 1914   Mrs. Ellen Wilson died.
December 18, 1915   Married Mrs. Edith Bolling Galt.
November 7, 1916   Re-elected President.
September 26-October 2, 1919   Suffered physical collapse and stroke.
December 19, 1920   Awarded Nobel Prize for Peace.
1921 Washington Home Moved into a Washington, D.C., residence.
February 3, 1924 Wilson Tomb Died in Washington, D.C.

Notes and Trivia

Wilson's full name at birth was Thomas Woodrow Wilson, but he dropped "Thomas" from his name soon after graduating from college.

The Wilson Family Bible shows that Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born at "12 o'clock" at night on December 28. His mother said he was born "about midnight on the 28th." Wilson himself used December 28 as his birthdate.

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