Woodrow Wilson was the 28th president of the United States. He was born December 28, 1856, in Staunton, Virginia. He studied law and received a Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University. He became a professor of jurisprudence and politics at Princeton in 1890 and served as president of the university from 1902 to 1910.
In 1910, he began his political career and was elected governor of New Jersey. Just two years later, the Democrats nominated him for president.
Wilson’s First Administration
The World War
Wilson’s Second Term and the War
In 1917, German submarines attacked U.S. merchant ships. The United States also learned about the Zimmerman Telegram, which showed Germany trying to get Mexico to go against the U.S. On April 2, 1917, Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany, saying, “The world must be made safe for democracy.” On November 11, 1918, the Germans signed an armistice to end the war.
Wilson wanted Congress to give women the right to vote. In 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed and became law, making it legal for women throughout the United States to be able to vote.
On February 3, 1924, at the age of 67, Wilson died at his home.