Woodrow Wilson – He Had a Few Presidential Firsts

By | Dec 28, 2010

Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States was born on December 28, 1856. He was born in Staunton, Virginia, near the location of The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library . http://www.woodrowwilson.org/

Wilson is the only President to hold a doctoral degree having received his Ph.D in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University in 1886.

On June 9, 1902, Woodrow Wilson became the President of Princeton University. He would hold the post until 1910 when he decided to run for the post of Governor of New York. At the time he was a professor at the University having joined the faculty in 1890.

Wilson was fond of entertainment and enjoyed baseball games, vaudeville performances, and musical comedies. It was during his time in the White House that he screened the first Motion Picture shown there, D.W. Griffth’s Birth of a Nation.

A portrait of Woodrow Wilson appears on the 100,000 bill. This bill was never used in circulation, but was used only to transfer money between Federal Reserve banks.

Wilson died on February 3, 1924 and is buried in Washington DC at the National Cathedral. He is the only President buried in the Capital City. Taft and Kennedy are buried at Arlington National Cemetery which is located in the State of Virginia.


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