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."
April 12, 1861
Hostilities begin with Confederate forces firing upon Fort Sumter.
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.
1873 - 1874
Woodrow Wilson "Attends Davidson College in North Carolina"
Wilson receives a BA degree from Princeton, University.
Woodrow Wilson marries Edith Bolling Gaft, a widow.
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.
April 6, 1917
"The United States of America declares war on Germany"
November 11, 1918
"At 6 am, Germany signs the Armistice of Compiègne. End of fighting at 11 a.m."
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."
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.
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.
Warren Harding is inaugrated as President. The Wilsons move to a home of their own in Washington D.C.
↑ 1.01.11.21.3 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.
↑ "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.