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28th president Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia

December 28, 2023

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On this day in 1856, 28th president Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia. During Wilson’s administration, he was responsible for the United States abstention from (and subsequent entry into) World War I, as well as the implementation of several progressive policies.

Wilson was also responsible for founding the League of Nations. Though the United States refused to participate and the League dissolved during World War II, it served as a notable precursor to the United Nations.

Did you know? As a child, Wilson was witness to the Civil War. During the war, his minister father served as a chaplain for the Confederate army and his mother nursed wounded Confederate soldiers.

Wilson had spent more time in academia than politics prior to his election in 1912. Before becoming U.S. president, he served as both professor and president at Princeton University.


December 28, 2023
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