Interesting Facts About Woodrow Wilson: The Schoolmaster of Politics

Woodrow Wilson, who was coined as the Schoolmaster of Politics, was an exceptionally intelligent man with a quite extensive vocabulary. His claim to fame was as our twenty-eighth President, where he was elected in 1912 and stayed on for two terms.
Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Va., on Dec. 28, 1856. His father, a Presbyterian minister, communicated his moral austerity to his son, resulting in an inflexibility that sometimes revealed itself.
Wilson attended Davison University in North Carolina for a brief time but graduated from Princeton in 1879. In his senior year he published an important essay in the International Review, revealing his early interest in American government.
He studied law briefly and, though he did not complete the course, practiced for a time in Atlanta, Ga., without much success. He pursued graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, receiving his doctorate in 1886.
Wilson grew up the son of the preacher in the southern states of Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. As a child he struggled with schoolwork due to dyslexia. He persevered, however, and eventually became an excellent academic. He went to the College of New Jersey (Princeton University) and got a degree in history.
Even though he was considered as a modern liberal visionary in terms of applying domestic race relations, he was infect extremely racist in his thoughts and politics and was seemingly comfortable being so.
Below are some interesting and surprising facts you probably don’t know about Woodrow Wilson:
1. Wilson convinced a Democratic Congress to pass chief progressive reforms and effectively pushed a legislative agenda that few presidents have matched. This agenda included the Federal Trade Commission Act, Federal Reserve Act, the Federal Farm Loan Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act and an income tax.
2. A Presbyterian of deep religious faith, Wilson was interested in gospel of service and imparted a deep sense of moralism into his ardent internationalism, now known as “Wilsonian”.
3. A year after Woodrow became president World War I broke out in Europe. After growing up in the South during the American Civil War, Wilson hated war and wanted to keep the U.S. out of World War I. He managed to do this for the rest of his first term and won a second term as president with a campaign based on “He kept us out of war”.
On January 8, 1918, Wilson gave a speech about the war. In this speech, he outlined fourteen points or goals that the United States had in World War I. These included such items as freedom of the seas, reduction in arms, and the restoration of Belgium.
4. He’s one of the most prolific men ever to occupy the Oval Office. His papers fill up 500-plus reels of microfilm in the Library of Congress. Among his works is a long, scholarly book, “Congressional Government,” in which he argued that the United States should switch to a parliamentary system like Great Britain’s.
5. Entombed in Washington’s National Cathedral, Wilson is the only president buried in Washington. (William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy are buried nearby at Arlington National Cemetery.)
6. He screened the first film in the White House — D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation,” which he described as “like writing history with lightning.” Wilson, who segregated the federal government, approved of the film’s pro-Ku Klux Klan story line.
7. Wilson, at first insensitive, became a main supporter for women’s suffrage after public stress persuaded him that to resist women’s suffrage was politically risky.
8. On November 11, 1918 World War I came to an end. President Wilson took a major role in influencing the treaty. He had the idea for a League of Nations. This would be a group of countries that helped to negotiate disputes and try to keep peace in the world. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919 for his efforts with the League of Nations.

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