Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to announce the reinstallation of the 1916 Election to the Beginning of World War I gallery.   As visitors enter the newly renovated gallery, they are greeted with cheerful music from World War I and the colorful covers of period sheet music which are displayed high above the exhibit.

During the 1916 Presidential election, Woodrow Wilson beat the Republican candidate, former Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes. Wilson received 49% of the popular vote to Hughes’ 46% out of a total of nearly 18 million votes cast. A wonderful collage of campaign buttons embodies the spirit of the tough election. Rare illuminated Magic Lantern slides from the 1916 election illustrate how the President tried to keep the US from entering World War I.

Wilson's campaign theme was, “He kept us out of war.” After intense German submarine warfare, the United States declared war on April 6, 1917. Many of the artifacts are on loan from the collection of Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum board member Tony Atkiss of Dallas. He owns more than 1,400 campaign items about Wilson.

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Wilson was president throughout World War I. He attempted to keep America out of the war and even won reelection with the slogan "He kept us out of war." Nonetheless, after the sinking of the Lusitania, continued run-ins with German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, America became involved. with the Lusitania, the continued harassment of American ships by German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram meant that America joined the allies in April, 1917.

Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.

He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability

Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.

Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.

Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation