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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

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The goal and mission of the WWPL is to educate people of all ages about the life and times of Woodrow Wilson. We treat him as a human being with flaws, but also recognize his great contributions to American history.  To understand Woodrow Wilson’s racial views it is important to remember that he was a southerner, raised during the Civil War, whose views on race reflected those views of the majority of his contemporaries.  Although reprehensible today, the practice of segregation was entirely in keeping with the popular will of the American people at that time.  Wilson was not the first President to support segregation and he certainly was not the last.  It is a sad fact that our Country’s history from the very beginning includes slavery and racism.  We shouldn’t hide from that history, instead we should learn from it.

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Woodrow Wilson began law school at the University of Virginia in the fall of 1879.  While a student there he courted his cousin Harriet Woodrow, a student at Augusta Female Seminary (now Mary Baldwin College) in his native Staunton.  He and Hattie spent Christmas with their aunt Marian Woodrow and her husband James Bones, who lived in Staunton.  He proposed to “Hattie” in 1881, but she rejected him because he was her first cousin.

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