Monday, February 3, 2014



Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, died at the age of 67 here in the National Capital 90 years ago today, February 3, 1924.

Woodrow Wilson became the first 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
                             Washington, D.C.
               Photo by Tony Fischer (2009)

Since leaving the White House, Wilson had lived with his wife Edith in a townhouse on Embassy Row which is today 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 and blind in his left eye.

Mr. Wilson remained in seclusion for most of the remainder of his term as president while the extent of his disability was kept from the public.

The former president was able to enjoy some public appearances in his retirement and 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 and 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 and former president and Progressive Theodore Roosevelt.

Wilson, who took office in 1913, signed the following reform legislation...

Federal Reserve Act
Federal Trade Commission Act
Clayton Anti-Trust Act
Federal Farm Loan Act

Re-elected in 1916, President Wilson led the nation through the First World World and introduced a plan for peace called The 14 Points.

Mr. Wilson attended the peace conference in Paris and 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 and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson
The White House
Photo by Harris and Ewing (1920)
Library of Congress Image