President Woodrow Wilson’s legacy of being a peace-keeping president has lasting impression on the United States. From his great intellect and progressive reform, to the tragedy of the Great War and his hope for peace, Wilson was a strong leader through it all. Decades after his death, he is still remembered as the man that he was: an ethical and caring person who desperately wanted to better the world. It was in the beginning of the 20th century when this man finally left his mark on our country which not only made him a significant historical figure, but also a hero and a man who worked hard to make the time he lived in his.
Born in Virginia in 1856, Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the son of two middle-class parents, his father being a Presbyterian minister. Throughout his early years, Wilson found his niche in learning and made it his dream to attend college; he achieved that goal when he was accepted and attended Davidson College in 1873 (Brands 8). After attending Davidson, Wilson branched out and not only went to the college of New Jersey, but also began to study law at the University of Virginia. The years which followed his studies also proved to be as prosperous because he became a professor and the president of Princeton University, as well as becoming the governor of New Jersey in 1910 (Brands 92-97). Although the life Wilson led prior to 1910 was suitable for him, he still felt that he could make a difference; politics were his outlet. Only two years after Wilson became governor of New Jersey, he decided to run against Roosevelt and Taft in the presidential election. Fortunately, he won the election and became President of the United States on March 4th, 1913 (Brands 25). Nevertheless, the events that occu...
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... a man of words… His actions weren’t insignificant… [But] his words lived on, inspiring later generations to achieve what he never could” (Brands 1). Wilson was the man that during the early 1900’s, took initiative and tried to change the world with the vision of peace, harmony, and prosperity as a goal for a near future. Towards the end of his days, he had achieved some sense of peace in the world, however his idealistic plan for universal peace was not accomplished. Although we still have not reached this plan for peace today, we remain hopeful that someday this will. Nevertheless, we would never have the country we do today without Woodrow Wilson being the historical figure and hero that he was, as he worked hard with his ideas to make the time that he lived in.
Brands, H. W.. Woodrow Wilson. 1st ed. New York, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2003.
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