A Brief Biography Of Woodrow Wilson

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Few war-time leaders have left a legacy like that of the nation’s 28th president. He was able to lead the country to a victory in World War 1 and pass many significant pieces of legislation during his 2 terms in office, despite being hindered by an uncooperative Congress and debilitating health problems in his second term. Woodrow Wilson proved to be an effective, avant-guarde, eloquent leader of the free world during his time as President of the United States.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28th, 1856 in the town of Staunton, Virginia. Wilson’s family is described as being tight knit and quite religious. His father, Joseph Ruggles Wilson, was a Presbyterian minister, while his mother, Jessie Janet Woodrow Wilson, was an English-born minister’s daughter. Wilson had 2 older sisters and one younger brother. Wilson was exposed to war as a young child, as his family was located in Augusta, Georgia during the Civil War and his father served as a chaplain for the Confederate Army. The events of the war and reconstruction would go on to shape some of Wilson’s views regarding conflict and reconciliation. As a child, Wilson showed interests in politics, forming a club known as The Lightfoots with his neighborhood friends. This group’s activities consisted mainly of harmless mischief, though it stood out for its use of strict parliamentary procedure during meetings. For Wilson, it served as an early exercise in law and politics. Wilson received no formal education until the age of 13, instead receiving a homeschooling of sorts from his father. Wilson’s father educated him through trips to factories to help him understand mechanics and lessons in concise, effective writing, though he proved to be ill prepared for formal schooling...

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...on resisted the passage of the 18th Amendment (prohibition) though he was overruled and the Volstead Act went into effect. A League of Nations was eventually formed amongst the powers of Europe, though it failed without U.S. support. Republican Warren Harding succeeded Wilson, defeating Democrat James Cox in a landslide. Wilson died on February 3rd, 1914 from complications of the stroke that he never fully recovered from.
Many of Wilson’s creations still exist in a relevant capacity to this day. The U.N. exists as a modern manifestation of his proposed League of Nations. The Federal Reserve and Federal Trade Commission still exist, as does the graduated federal income tax. Wilson accomplished many of the reforms which he set out to enact, and many of them still stand. Woodrow Wilson certainly left his lasting legacy on the Oval Office, the nation, and the world.
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