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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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Items in the digital library include correspondence to and from Wilson, diary entries by Dr. Grayson about Wilson’s travels, newspaper columns and magazine articles by and about Wilson, and speeches.

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8/31/2016

On Wednesday Aug. 31,2016, Governor Terry McAuliffe officially declared “Mary Baldwin Day” across the Commonwealth of Virginia, as Mary Baldwin College, our across the street neighbor and friend, transitions into Mary Baldwin University.  “It should be noted that Dr. Joseph R. Wilson, pastor of the Staunton Presbyterian Church, assumed general supervision of the school in 1855-1856.  His son, Thomas Woodrow, born in the Presbyterian manse in 1856, would later become President of the United States.  Even after leaving Staunton the Wilson’s remained interested in the school.  Their daughters attended the school after the Civil War, as did various nieces and cousins.”  The school, declared Dr. Wilson in 1879, ...“is as near perfection in my judgement as it is possible for human wisdom to make… I regard the seminary as a public blessing.”

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8/31/2016

Dr. Cary T. Grayson, Woodrow Wilson’s physician and friend, believed that outdoor exercise was a key to keeping the President healthy. Among the thousands of documents generously donated to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library by the Grayson family in 2005 are two letters that highlight the tension that existed between Grayson’s desire for the President to get adequate physical exercise and the need to keep him safe. [  394 more words ] https://wwplblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/presidential-health-and-protection

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