Woodrow Wilson

Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924)

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President Thomas Woodrow (Woodrow) Wilson
Born in Staunton, Virginia, United States of Americamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 24 Jun 1885 in Chatham, Georgia, United Statesmap
Husband of — married 18 Dec 1915 in Washington, D.C.map
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Died in Washington, District of Columbia, United Statesmap
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Woodrow Wilson was the President of the United States.
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Preceded by
27th President
William Howard Taft

Preceded by
33rd Governor

John Franklin Fort
Woodrow Wilson
28th President
of the United States
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34th Governor
of New Jersey
New Jersey
Succeeded by
29th President
Warren G. Harding

Succeeded by
Acting Governor

James Fairman Fielder

Presidential Profile Biography

This timeline intermingles dates and events from genealogical, biographical, and historic perspectives.

Time Line

June 6, 1847

Rev. Joseph Ruggles Wilson and Jessie Janet Woodrow were married.[1][2]

October 20, 1850

Marion Morton Wilson, first daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Wilson, was born.[2]

September 8, 1853

Annie Josephine Wilson, a second daughter, was born.[2]

December 28, 1856

Thomas Woodrow Wilson born in Staunton, Virginia to Rev. and Mrs. Wilson>[1][3][4][5]

1857 - 1870

The Wilson Family moves to Augusta, Georgia and resides there. The family takes the Confederate side in the US Civil War. They also are slave owners.[6]

May 15, 1860

Ellen Louise Axson born..[2]

November, 1860 - March 4, 1861

Abraham Lincoln is elected and then inaugurated President of the United States. "After a Republican victory, but before the new administration took office on March 4, 1861, seven slave states declared their secession and joined to form the Confederate States of America."[7]

April 12, 1861

Hostilities begin with Confederate forces firing upon Fort Sumter.[7]

April, 1861 - April, 1865

United States Civil War.[7]


"After the Civil War ends, an eight-year old Wilson watches Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, brought through town in chains on his way to a Union prison."[8]


Ten year old Woodrow Wilson is having difficulty learning to read and develops ways to compensate. If it were the twenty-first century he would probably be diagnosed as dyslexic[3]

July 20, 1867

Joseph Ruggles Wilson, Jr. born.[2]

1870 - 1874

The Wilsons live in Columbia, South Carolina where Rev. Wilson is a Professor at Columbia Theological Seminary. This period in US history is known as "The Reconstruction" and life in the former Confederacy was difficult.[3]

1873 - 1874

Woodrow Wilson "Attends Davidson College in North Carolina"[3][2]


Wilson receives a BA degree from Princeton, University.[2]


Studies law at the University of Virginia.[2]


Admitted to the bar.

June 24, 1885

Ellen Louise Axson and Thomas Woodrow Wilson marry at Rome Georgia.[2][3]


Teaches history and political science at Bryn Mawr.[2][3]

April 30, 1886

Daughter Margaret Woodrow Wilson is born.[2][3]

August 28, 1887

Daughter Jessie Woodrow Wilson is born.[2][3]

April 15, 1888

Jessie Janet Woodrow Wilson dies.[2][1]

October 26, 1889

Daughter Eleanor Randolph Wilson is born.[2][3]

May, 1896

Woodrow Wilson, who has had hypertension, suffers his first stroke at age 39.[3][2]

1900 - 1902

Professor of jurisprudence and political economy at Princeton University.[2][3]


President of Princeton University.[2][3]

January 21, 1903

Wilson's father, Rev. Joseph R. Wilson dies.[2][1]

June, 1904

Wilson's second stroke.[2]

May 28, 1906

Wilson's third stroke.[2]


Governor of New Jersey.[2][3]

Summer 1912

Woodrow Wilson is nominated to run for President at the Democratic National Convention after 66 ballots.

March, 1913 - March, 1917

Wilson's first term as president. Significant legislation is passed.

June 28, 1914

In Europe, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria acts as a triggering event for World War I.[9]

August 6, 1914

Ellen Louise Axson Wilson dies.[2][3]

December 18, 1915

Woodrow Wilson marries Edith Bolling Gaft, a widow.[2][3]

March, 1917 - March, 1921

Wilson's second term as president. He ran for re-election on the slogan, "He kept us out of war". It was a narrow victory.[4]

April 6, 1917

"The United States of America declares war on Germany"[9]

November 11, 1918

"At 6 am, Germany signs the Armistice of Compiègne. End of fighting at 11 a.m."[9]

January 18 1919

The Peace Conference opens in Paris. It drafts the Treaty of Versailles between the Allies and Germany, which is to formally end World War I. Wilson attends."[10][11]


Wilson lobbies and pushes for League of Nations. He is unsuccessful. Congress does not approve. Wilson takes to traveling around the country to educate the people about his dream of a League of Nations. This effort saps his strength and leaves him ill.[5]

October 3, 1919

Wilson's fourth stroke leaves him rather paralyzed. His wife, Edith Wilson, conceals the extent of his disability from everyone and acts for him.[2][3]

March, 1921

Warren Harding is inaugrated as President. The Wilsons move to a home of their own in Washington D.C.

February 3, 1924

Former President Wilson died in Washington, DC.[2][3][5][12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Roberts, Gary Boyd, Ancestors of American Presidents, Published in Cooperation with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts. Preliminary Edition by Carl Boyer, 3rd, Santa Clarita, California 1989. Also the 2009 edition.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 NNDB dates for TWW's Family
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 Wikipedia Woodrow Wilson
  4. 4.0 4.1 Whitehouse.gov Wilson
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Find A Grave: Memorial #1115
  6. Wikipedia for Rev Joseph Wilson
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Wikipedia US Civil War
  8. WGBH Timeline2 for President Wilson
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Wikipedia WWI Timeline
  10. Wilson's Fourteen Points
  11. Paris Peace Conference
  12. "District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F7TV-H6Y : accessed 24 December 2017), Woodrow Wilson, 03 Feb 1924, District of Columbia, United States; citing reference ID cn 283078, District Records Center, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 2,116,021.

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Just an interesting footnote to Wilson as the President you may want to add. https://books.google.com/books?id=N3Ypq7AqtxQC&pg=PA108#v=onepage&q&f=false
posted by L J Russell
Above your Timeline for death I would like to add the actual record from"citing reference ID cn 283078, District Records Center, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 2,116,021."


District of Columbia Deaths 1874-1961,
Name Woodrow Wilson
Event Date 03 Feb 1924
Event Place District of Columbia, United States
Address ---- S St. N.W.
Age 64y 1m 6d
Marital Status Married
Occupation retired
Birth Date 28 Dec 1856
Birth Year 1856
Birthplace Staunton, Va.
Burial Date 07 Feb 1924
Cemetery Cathedral Close
Father's Name Joseph R. Wilson
Father's Birthplace Ohio
Mother's Name Jessie Woodrow
Mother's Birthplace Carlisle, England
Spouse's Name Edith Bolling Wilson
Frame Number 905
Citing this Record: familysearch.org

I did add the familysearch.org to SOURCES

posted by Carole Taylor
this category can be added

Category: Nobel laureates

posted by Philip Smith
Hi Becky,

From a different sce:

1880 Studied law at the U. of Virginia. 1881 Admitted to the Bar. 1885-88 Taught history at Bryn Mawr. 1888-90 Taught history at Wesleyan. 1890-1902 Professor at Princeton. 1902-10 President at Princeton. 1911-13 Governor of New Jersey. 1915 Lusitania torpedoed by German submarines - 114 American lives lost. Much anti-German sentiment aroused. 1919 Nobel peace prize. 1921 After an unsuccessful attempt to gain popular support in America for the League of Nations, he fell ill. He left the White House defeated and disillusioned, having failed to attain his dream of a world organization dedicated to maintaining peace.

Regards, Kevin

posted by Kevin Sands
and these...

15. In early October 1918, when the Germans faced complete defeat, they turned to W. Wilson to accept his Fourteen Points. The British and French were by no means prepared to accept the peace but the Fourteen Points (with certain exceptions) were accepted by all parties as the basis of a settlement. 16. June 28, 1919 the Versailles Treaty was signed with Germany.

Regards, Kevin

posted by Kevin Sands
a few more...

9. In Sept. 1910, he was offered the Democratic nomination for the governorship of New jersey. 10. In June 1912, nominated as a Presidential candidate. 11. His first term of presidency was dominated by his efforts to protect the rights of the USA as a neutral in World War 1. 12. In 1916, he was re-elected for his 2nd term as president. 13. On April 2nd, 1917 a Declaration of War against Germany was passed in Congress. 14. On Jan 8th, 1918, he enumerated the Fourteen Points that he regarded as being an essential basis of a just and lasting peace with Germany.

and more...

posted by Kevin Sands

Woodrow is 18 degrees from Donald Howard, 12 degrees from Julia Howe and 14 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.