During Woodrow Wilson's two terms in office he showed to be a great
democratic leader in many areas. He managed to accomplish a lot, despite his
poor health that he had to deal with since his childhood. Wilson always had a
strong interest in government and was always looking for changes and
improvements. As president he was never afraid to show a bit of a radical side
when it came to making changes. He was constantly pushing for world peace and
the avoidance of World War I. Even though he was unsuccessful in avoiding the
war he showed to be a great leader during it. He never gave up on anything he
was trying to do. His last years of his life were dedicated to convincing the
U.S. to join his League of Nations.
Woodrow Wilson was born December 28, 1856. Through his childhood he was
often sick. This did not keep him from building an interest in education. His
father and him would read out loud to each other and discuss the books. If they
were not reading often the two would sit and talk about recent events. He later
moved onto college and studied American and British political history, public
speaking, and law. After college he set up a law practice with Edward Renick.
Because he had not learned the field of law thorough while in school, he showed
a poor ability to be a lawyer. During this time he was in and out of sickness.
Wilson did not really want to be a lawyer. His main area of interest was
in politics. His first taste of politics was during his term as Governor of New
Jersey. He took this seat in office with sites of presidency two years later.
He let this be known in a letter he wrote to a friend in June of 1910. In the
letter he said this "It is immediately, as you know, the question of my
nomination for the governorship of New Jersey; but that it is the mere
preliminary of a plan to nominate me in 1912 for presidency."(Encarta 5).
During his years as governor he showed that he could change his political
attitudes. He learned to be a little more patient with other people. Before he
found it "very difficult to work with people who opposed him, and was not
receptive to the suggestions of friends who approved his ideals but trusted in
slower or modified processes"(Encarta 4). This was shown more during his time
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...or and he had become to
weak. People did not see
Wilson as the same man he used to be he was weak mentally and physically.
He fell into his last illness and died February 3, 1924.
Wilson was a very good leader during his terms of presidency. He showed
great enthusiasm to stay out of the war and to create world peace. He showed
that he cared for the people and that he would do just about anything to help
them. Wilson learned to except other peoples opinions and to be open to new
ideas from others. Even though war was not avoided he learned much from the
experience and helped to create the League of Nations. With the creation of the
League of Nations the United Nations was formed to take it's place. Wilson
helped to create many new amendments, policies and agencies. All of his idea's
were strong and even though some of them did work out, they helped to created
stepping-stones for the presidents that followed. Without Woodrow Wilson we
may not be the country that we are today.
1. Colleir's Encyclopedia, Vol. 23. Ed. Bernard Johnston. 1994. 509-510
2. Microsoft Encarta '97 Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition. Subject Search: Woodrow
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