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Collection Woodrow Wilson Papers


A chronology of key events in the life of Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), scholar, Princeton University president, New Jersey governor, and twenty-eighth president of the United States.

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)

  1. 1856 Dec. 28

    Born Thomas Woodrow Wilson, Staunton, Va., the son of Reverend Joseph Ruggles Wilson and Janet Woodrow Wilson

  2. 1859

    Moved with family to Augusta, Ga.

  3. 1870

    Moved with family to Columbia, S.C.

  4. 1873

    Entered Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., but withdrew after the first year because of ill health

  5. 1875

    Entered College of New Jersey, now Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

  6. 1879

    B.A., Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

  7. 1881

    Attended University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, Va.

  8. 1882

    Admitted to the Georgia bar

  9. 1882-1883    

    Practiced law in partnership with Edward I. Renick, Atlanta, Ga.

  10. 1885

    Married Ellen Louise Axson (1860-1914)

    Professor, history and political science, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pa.

  11. 1886

    Ph.D., political science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.

  12. 1888-1890    

    Professor, political science, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.

  13. 1889

    Published The State: Elements of Historical and Practical Politics. Boston: D.C. Heath & Co.

  14. 1890-1902    

    Professor, jurisprudence and political economy, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

  15. 1893

    Published Division and Reunion, 1829-1889. New York: Longmans, Green, and Co.

  16. 1896

    Published George Washington. New York and London: Harper & Brothers

  17. 1902-1910    

    President, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

  18. 1902

    Published A History of the American People. New York and London: Harper & Brothers

  19. 1908

    Published Constitutional Government in the United States. New York: Columbia University Press

  20. 1911-1913    

    Governor of New Jersey

  21. 1913-1921    

    President of the United States

  22. 1914, Aug.6 

    First wife Ellen Axson Wilson died  

  23. 1915, Dec. 18

    Married Edith Bolling Galt (1872-1961)

  24. 1917

    Asked Congress for a declaration of war on Germany

  25. 1918

    Fourteen Points speech outlined American war aims and plans for peace Program

    Addressed opening session of peace conference, Paris, France, on plan to establish the League of Nations

  26. 1919

    Signed peace treaty with Germany at Versailles, France

    Suffered paralytic strokes during and after speaking tour to win public support for the League of Nations

  27. 1920

    Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

    Treaty of Versailles defeated in the U.S. Senate

  28. 1921

    Retired to home in Washington, D.C.

  29. 1924, Feb. 3 

    Died, Washington, D.C.