President Woodrow Wilson

By: Rebecca Dishman

Biography (1856 - 1924)

Born December 28, 1856, in Staunton, Virginia. Growing up he lived in Augusta, Georgia, and Columbia, South Carolina. Graduated from Princeton University in 1879 and went to a law school at the University of Virginia. In 1960 he married Ellen Axson and had three daughters. Ellen died in 1914 of kidney disease, during Wilson's first presidential term. He remarried a year later to a widow named Edith Bolling Galt. Willson was our 28th president. He lead America through World War I (1914-1918). Was a college professor and a democratic governor of New Jersey before becoming president in 1912.

Accomplishments as a President

Wilson passed the Underwood-Simmons Act, Passed the Legislation establishing the Federal Reserve, and the Federal Trade Commission. He also passed the Child Labor Law.

Political Philosophy

President Woodrow Willson is a Democrate. When he became the governor of New Jersey he fought machine politics and garnered national attention. He was known to be a racist man and initiated foreign and economical policies that still reverberate today.

Dealing with Imperialism

President Wilson and many others has thought the United States as an emerging power that needed to extend into other countries. He wanted to spread christianity and democracy around the world. They spread this to the Philippines and Cuba.

"Moral" Diplomacy

Moral Diplomacy is the system in which support is given only to countries whose moral beliefs are analogous to that nation.


President Wilson proposed this in his 1912 election. It promotes growths of the nation's ideas and the damages of nations with different ideologies. This helped Wilson spread the democratic government to countries that don't have a democratic government.

Impact on Society Today

Wilson impact society today by passing the laws that lead our country to transform our basic objectives of America foreign policy from isolation to internationalism. He kept our economy up to date with passing laws like the Federal Reserve System, tariff reduction, Federal regulation of Business, Support for Child Labor and Collective Bargaining and federal aid to education and agriculture. These laws helped us catch up to other countries.

Progressive Actions, Ideas, Accomplishments

Wilson was rewarded a Nobel Peace Prize as the Founder of the League of Nations. He encouraged new technology and opened the Panama Canal. He started a mailing service and endorsed the creation of a highway system. He was the first to film a advertisement and use a microphone. He also witnessed the production of a radio.