Essay on President Woodrow Wilson

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President Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson was the first Southerner to be elected president after the Civil War. Born on December 28, 1856 in Staunton, Va., he was the son of a Presbyterian minister who supported the Confederates. Wilson assumed the presidency after a whirlwind career as a college professor, university president and New Jersey governor. However, Wilson left the Oval Office just as heartbroken as the Confederate soldiers that returned home when he was a boy.

Woodrow Wilson was born as Thomas Woodrow Wilson – the son of Janet Woodrow and Joseph Ruggles Wilson, a Presbyterian minister. Thomas began using the first name of Woodrow in 1881 to honor his mother’s side of the family. Although Wilson would become a talented
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After graduating from Princeton, Wilson entered the University of Virginia to pursue a career in law. However, he ultimately intended to serve the public and wondered about becoming a politician. He continued writing and speaking while at Virginia, where he was labeled a man of courage for publicly speaking against the Confederate cause before a crowd of Southerners. Wilson finished his law studies at home and opened an office in Atlanta in 1882 with a fellow University of Virginia alumnus. But the law bored Wilson, who decided in 1883 that he would become a writer and teacher. Appropriately, Wilson signed up for graduate courses at Johns Hopkins University in Columbia, S.C., a new school with a reputation for using modern teaching methods to instruct students.

At the behest of his family, Wilson went to Rome, Ga. before entering Johns Hopkins to settle a family affair involving an estate. While there, Wilson attended a church where he noticed Ellen Louise Axson, a minister’s daughter. When he entered graduate school, the two were already engaged. They were not married until June of 1885, shortly before Wilson was given a post at the newly formed Bryn Mawr College, an all women’s school. Wilson’s published his first book, Congressional Government, in 1886. He continued to write political texts at Bryn Mawr, where he often