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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.

  • 1856 Dec. 28

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

  • 1859

    Moved with family to Augusta, Ga.

  • 1870

    Moved with family to Columbia, S.C.

  • 1873

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

  • 1875

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

  • 1879

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

  • 1881

    Graduated, University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, Va.

  • 1882

    Admitted to the Georgia bar

  • 1882-1883    

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

  • 1885

    Married Ellen Louise Axson (1860-1914)

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

    Published Congressional Government. Boston and New York: Houghton
    Mifflin Co.

  • 1886

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

  • 1888-1890    

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

  • 1889

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

  • 1890-1902    

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

  • 1893

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

  • 1896

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

  • 1902-1910    

    President, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

  • 1902

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

  • 1908

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

  • 1911-1913    

    Governor of New Jersey

  • 1913-1921    

    President of the United States

  • 1914, Aug.6 

    First wife Ellen Axson Wilson died  

  • 1915, Dec. 18

    Married Edith Bolling Galt (1872-1961)

  • 1917

    Asked Congress for a declaration of war on Germany

  • 1918

    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

  • 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

  • 1920

    Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

    Treaty of Versailles defeated in the U.S. Senate

  • 1921

    Retired to home in Washington, D.C.

  • 1924, Feb. 3 

    Died, Washington, D.C.

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