February 3, 2013
PRESIDENT WILSON DIED 89 YEARS AGO TODAY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, died at the age of 67 in Washington on February 3, 1924.
Woodrow Wilson became the 1st United States president to be buried in Washington, D.C. His remains were interred in the National Cathedral.
Sarcophagus of President Wilson
The National Cathedral
Photo by Tony Fischer (2009)
Since leaving the White House, Wilson had lived with his wife Edith in a townhouse on Embassy Row which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year as a National Historic Site.
Edith Wilson lived in the home at 2340 S Street NW until her death on December 28, 1961.
Woodrow Wilson House
Washington, D.C. (2008)
Photo by AgnosticPreachersKid
President Wilson's decline in health began when he collapsed in Pueblo, Colorado on September 25, 1919, followed by a stroke on October 2.
The stroke left the President paralyzed on his left side & blind in his left eye.
Mr. Wilson remained in seclusion for most of the remainder of his term as president & the extent of his disability was kept from the public.
The former president was able to enjoy some public appearances in his retirement & gave his last speech from the balcony of his S Street home on Armistice Day, November 11, 1923.
Wilson was also the beneficiary of visits from British PM David Lloyd George & former French PM Georges Clemenceau.
Woodrow Wilson, Governor of New Jersey, won election as a progressive Democrat in 1912, defeating incumbent Republican William Howard Taft & Progressive Theodore Roosevelt.
Wilson, who took office in 1913, signed into law the Federal Reserve Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Clayton Anti-Trust Act & the Federal Farm Loan Act.
Re-elected in 1916, President Wilson led the nation through the First World World & introduced a plan for peace called "The 14 Points."
Mr. Wilson attended the peace conference in Paris & supported the Versailles Treaty ending the war.
It was during the failed battle to win support for ratification of the treaty that Wilson was stricken by illness.
President & Mrs. Woodrow Wilson
The White House
Photo by Harris & Ewing
Library of Congress Image