Woodrow Wilson Fact Sheet: Who was Woodrow Wilson? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Woodrow Wilson.
Woodrow Wilson Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1856 - 1924 *** Full Name: Thomas Woodrow Wilson *** Occupation: American Academic, Historian, Political Scientist and 28th President of the United States *** Date of Birth: Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28th 1856 *** Place of Birth: Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia, U.S. *** Family background: His father was Joseph Ruggles Wilson and his mother was Jessie Janet Woodrow. His father’s grandparents were originally from Ireland and his mother had been born in Carlisle in Cumberland in England and was the daughter of Reverend Dr Thomas Woodrow who had been born in Paisley, Scotland *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with two siblings a brother, Joseph and sister Anne. His father was pro slavery, owned his own slaves and his mother and father both identified with the Confederacy with his father serving as chaplain for the Confederate Army briefly *** Education: Woodrow Wilson began his education when he was ten years old. It is thought he may have been dyslexic. He studied with his father as well as at a local school. He would attend Davidson College in North Carolina and when his father began teaching at Princeton he transferred there ***
Woodrow Wilson Fact 1:
Woodrow Wilson was born on December
28th 1856 and during the 19th
century period in history when
slavery would largely become
abolished during this century with
salve revolts in Britain, Haiti and
France. In particular in America the
Civil War of 1861 to 1864 saw the
abolition of slavery and in England
the Slavery Abolition Act saw the
British Royal Navy put an end to the
global slave trade.
Woodrow Wilson Fact 9: Having been previously offered the presidency in both the University of Illinois and the University of Virginia he would however accept the presidency of Princeton University in June of 1902.
Woodrow Wilson Fact 10: In an
effort to develop expertise he
introduced a system of core
requirements for each department his
philosophy would become “to
transform thoughtless boys
performing tasks into thinking
Woodrow Wilson Fact 17: After the Germans sank the British ocean liner RMS Lusitania in 1915 with Americans losing the lives as well still Woodrow insisted "There is such a thing as a man being too proud to fight. There is such a thing as a nation being so right that it does not need to convince others by force that it is right". These words where met with much disgust and contempt but still through correspondence with the German ambassador he received assertions that no ocean liners would be targeted by German submarines.
Woodrow Wilson Fact 18: However, in view of the what was happening in Europe Wilson bid for funds in the 1916 appropriations bill to secure 500,000 troops as well as a five year plan for construction of battleships, destroyers, cruisers and submarines for the Navy.
Woodrow Wilson Fact 19:
Woodrow Wilson stood and won a
second election as President. At
this point in 1917, having tried to
maintain a neutral relationship with
Germany it was proving ever more
difficult especially when Germany
sunk several American vessels in
March of 1917. By April 4th of 1917
the declaration of war by the United
States against German was passed by
Congress. At wars end he would be
the first American President to
personally travel to Europe while in
office and also to meet the Pope.
Woodrow Wilson Fact 22:
Woodrow Wilson died on February 3rd
1924 at his home. He had completed
his second term as President and had
retired to Embassy Row, in
Washington D.C. His body was laid to
rest in Washington National
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