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Wilson was president throughout World War I. He attempted to keep America out of the war and even won reelection with the slogan "He kept us out of war." Nonetheless, after the sinking of the Lusitania, continued run-ins with German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, America became involved. with the Lusitania, the continued harassment of American ships by German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram meant that America joined the allies in April, 1917.

Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.

He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability

Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.

Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.

Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation

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2/9/2016

Boxwood blight, a fungal disease that wreaks havoc on the shrub, has closed a portion of the historic Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library gardens as the WWPL prepares to remove the 83-year-old plants. Designed by landscape architect Charles F. Gillette, the boxwoods were planted in 1933 as a Restoration Garden project of the Garden Club of Virginia.  The garden is one of 13 historic gardens designated and maintained by club. Because specialized procedures are required to remove the boxwood, the cost of the project will be expensive. Some operating funds will be used to cover the cost, but the foundation is planning to have fundraisers to help offset the cost of the project.  If you would like to donate to the Boxwood fund, you may do so on our website at http://www.woodrowwilson.org.  Be sure to check the “in tribute of” box and write in BOXWOOD. All money raised will be used for the removal of the boxwood.  Any additional monies will go toward the new garden.

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2/6/2016

With the Super Bowl looming we thought it would be interesting to remember that as a college professor, Woodrow Wilson was elected to the Advisory Board of the Wesleyan football team where he also coached and drew up plays.  In a crucial game against Lehigh on Thanksgiving Day in 1889 he even acted as cheerleader, rising up from the Wesleyan bleachers and exhorting his team to victory.

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