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Woodrow Wilson

Chronology of His Life and Career

birthplace December 28, 1856 Born at Staunton, Virginia.
Augusta, Georgia 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.
president of Princeton June 9, 1902 Named president of Princeton University.
  November 8, 1910 Elected Governor of New Jersey.
Woodrow Wilson's Administration November 5, 1912 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.
Washington Home 1921 Moved into a Washington, D.C., residence.
Wilson Tomb February 3, 1924 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.

Site of Interest

Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum

See Also

South Carolina
New Jersey
Nobel Prize for Peace

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