WOODROW WILSON HISTORY LESSON
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Woodrow Thomas Wilson was born on December 28, 1856 in Staunton, Virginia. He was the son of a minister. Wilson moved back and forth between Georgia and South Carolina while he was growing up. As a child, Wilson had a learning disability but he worked very hard as a student.
Thanks to all his hard work, he was accepted to Davidson College in North Carolina and later he went to the college that would become Princeton University. He graduated from college in 1879. After leaving the college that would become Princeton, Wilson studied law at the University of Virginia.
After becoming a lawyer, Wilson married Ellen Axson. They were married until she died in 1914. The couple had three daughters. During his marriage, Wilson started studying Political Science at Johns Hopkins University where he received a Ph.D. in 1886. Wilson began teaching during this time. Eventually, Wilson became a member of the Princeton teaching staff and then later, in 1902, he became the President of Princeton University.
Wilson had big ideas for Princeton and many of the ideas had never been done before. This caused people to be very nervous about the harsh approach that Wilson wanted to take. Many of his ideas were defeated and Wilson began to feel that Princeton was not the place for him. Wilson decided to try his hand in politics, and in 1910, he was nominated by the Democratic Party in the race for the Governor of New Jersey. This was Wilson's first real shot at politics and he won the race!
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