Woodrow Wilson's Birthplace Highlighted in Dallas Morning News Along with Presidential Sites Near Charlottesville

The author of the article "Visit Six Presidential Homes near Charlottesville, Va" in the Dallas Morning News states that "nowhere else in the United States is there such an assemblage of presidential homes as visitors find a short drive from this northern Virginia city." That certainly is true! Woodrow Wilson's Birthplace at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton finds itself in good company with the multitude of beautiful presidential homes located nearby. Visitors can make a wonderful multi-day trip visiting all six of these homes which are an easy drive from each other.

Woodrow Wilson's Birthplace is definitely worth a visit. An excerpt from the article states:

"When President Woodrow Wilson returned from Europe after negotiating the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, he was driven from New York to Washington in a Pierce-Arrow limousine on loan to the government. Wilson loved the car so much that friends bought it for him to use after his presidency.

The car has a permanent home at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, which occupies the Greek revival brick house in Staunton, Va., where Wilson was born. The bed where the future president (1913-21) was born in 1856 is on view, as is his mother’s nursing rocker and Wilson’s cozy crib. Outside the back door are terraced Victorian gardens.

Although it isn’t part of the federal system of presidential libraries, the museum 38 miles from Charlottesville tells of a life sandwiched between two wars: the Civil War and World War I. Clothing on display bridges Wilson’s life, from his christening dress to the wool cloak he wore while visiting troops in France. The World War I gallery offers a gritty look at trench warfare.

Youths up to 12th grade can join scavenger hunts, while the Kids’ Corner allows the youngest to play with Wilson-era toys and try on period clothing."

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Wilson was president throughout World War I. He sought a neutral position for the United States and even won reelection with the slogan “He kept us out of war.” Nonetheless, actions by the Central Powers (notably Germany) threatened this neutrality. Following years of attacks on American shipping and citizens on the high seas, particularly the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, public opinion began to turn. The final straw came with the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, forcing the United States to declare war on the Central Powers in April of 1917, joining the war on the side of the UK, Russia, and France.

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