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Topics: Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft / Pages: 11 (4049 words) / Published: Mar 11th, 2013

President Woodrow Wilson

[pic] Woodrow Wilson was the 28th American president after William Howard Taft and before Warren Gamaliel Harding. Wilson was president of the United States of America from 1913 until 1921.

Woodrow Wilson was born on 28 December, 1856 as Thomas Woodrow in Staunton, Virginia. He was born to Presbyterian Minister Joseph Wilson and Janet Wilson. Both of his parents were very religious and well educated people. Wilson’s father was one of the founders of the Southern Presbyterian Church in the United States. Wilson’s earliest memory was him as a three year old, remembering a man telling him that Abraham Lincoln had won the Presidency. When Wilson was three years old, the family moved to the South during the Civil War. As a white child living in the South, Wilson experienced Reconstruction as a period of great injustice. The Civil War was very difficult for the Wilsons. Wilson’s father was an ardent Confederate supporter, and young Wilson witnessed the ruthless behaviour of federal troops who, under General William T. Sherman, invaded Georgia and South Carolina.

As a child, Wilson was a very bright student, although he had trouble reading and couldn’t read until he was 12. It was thought that Wilson might have had dyslexia or A.D.D. Wilson was educated partly at home and partly at private schools as a child. In 1870, the family moved to Columbia, South Carolina. In 1874, the family moved again to Wilmington, North Carolina. Similar to his father, Wilson admired English letters and history greatly. Also like his father, he thought William Gladstone, the British Prime Minister, to be the greatest statesman in the 19th century. Wilson took a moral and religious attitude toward society. His critical view of post-Civil War society as materialistic and ungracious agreed with that of such Southern poets as Henry Timrod. In 1879, Wilson attended law school in the University of Virginia. However, he had never graduated. His weak health

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