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Woodrow Wilson


Woodrow Wilson was born Thomas Woodrow on December 28,1856 to Jessie Woodrow and Joseph Wilson. He was one of four children to grow up in Wilson's household.The family lived all over the south.

What prompted his career as a politician

Wilson enrolled in Davidson University then transferred to Princeton University . Wilson went on to study law at the University of Virginia , and earned his Ph.D in political science at John Hopkins. Wilson's dream job was a professorship at Princeton but political ambitious and university politics had transformed Wilson into a social democrat. In 1910 , he was tapped for governorship in New Jersey.

His Political Stance

Wilson ran on the democratic ticket against William Howard Taft but Theodore Roosevelt , launched a third party run , splitting the Republican vote and coming in second , ensuring Wilson's win.

His Contribution to his time

While he was in office he got the 19th Amendment ratified by a two-thirds majority vote of the states.In 1913 he also signed the Underwood-Simmons Act , which reduced tax rates that had previously favored industrialist over small businesses; and approving the Federal Reserve Act,making loans more accessible to the average American.He also enforced the anti-trust legislation in 1914 with the Clayton Antitrust Act,which supported labor unions , allowing strikes and boycotts and peaceful picketing. Wilson also tried to dispense a peace protocol to Great Britain along with the money mutations they asked for , but was rebuffed.

Are the effects of his administration still felt today ?

YES ! We still have the 19th Amendment today. We also still have the League of Nations and Fourteen Points as the basis for the peace treaty at Versailles that was proposed by Woodrow Wilson.

What did his opponents say ?

"He was what we call to today a polarizing figure"

What are some things that can learn from this president ? (Good or Bad)

You can learn many good things from Wilson's presidency , he was the first president to Major League Baseball Fall Classic , hold regular news conferences , and personally deliver what is known today as "The State of Union Address" .

3 Quotes from this president

"If you want to make enemies , try to change something"

"You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply , with greater vision,with a finer spirit of hope and achievement . You are here to enrich the world "

"The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it "