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.
1856 Dec. 28
Born Thomas Woodrow Wilson, Staunton, Va., the son of Reverend Joseph Ruggles Wilson and Janet Woodrow Wilson
Moved with family to Augusta, Ga.
Moved with family to Columbia, S.C.
Entered Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., but withdrew after the first year because of ill health
Entered College of New Jersey, now Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
B.A., Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
Graduated, University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, Va.
Admitted to the Georgia bar
Practiced law in partnership with Edward I. Renick, Atlanta, Ga.
Married Ellen Louise Axson (1860-1914)
Professor, history and political science, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr,
Published Congressional Government. Boston and New York: Houghton
Ph.D., political science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
Professor, political science, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.
Published The State: Elements of Historical and Practical Politics.
Boston: D.C. Heath & Co.
Professor, jurisprudence and political economy, Princeton University,
Published Division and Reunion, 1829-1889. New York: Longmans,
Green, and Co.
Published George Washington. New York and London: Harper & Brothers
President, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
Published A History of the American People. New York and London:
Harper & Brothers
Published Constitutional Government in the United States. New York:
Columbia University Press
Governor of New Jersey
President of the United States
First wife Ellen Axson Wilson died
1915, Dec. 18
Married Edith Bolling Galt (1872-1961)
Asked Congress for a declaration of war on Germany
Fourteen Points speech outlined American war aims and plans for peace
Addressed opening session of peace conference, Paris, France, on plan to
establish the League of Nations
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
Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Treaty of Versailles defeated in the U.S. Senate
Retired to home in Washington, D.C.
1924, Feb. 3
Died, Washington, D.C.