This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Woodrow Wilson Washington Essay

1172 words - 5 pages

President Woodrow Wilson ranks up with Washington, Lincoln, Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt as one of the top five most important presidents in the history of the United States, a highly educated man with strong character, moral and religious values that lead this country on his own terms.
To understand how Woodrow Wilson’s character affected his actions as a politician, we have to understand how his life and the people in his life developed his character. In researching this paper I came across a story from Wilson’s childhood that could possibly give us an insight into his character. In Reverend Wilson’s hayloft, young Tommy Wilson was conducting a Lightfoot Club meeting, when the ...view middle of the document...

Lee (under guard) with Union solders marching through town after surrendering at the Appomattox Court House to end the Civil war, he also remembered seeing the devastation and poverty after the war.
During Woodrow’s youth public schools barely existed in the South, so most of his education he received was in primitive schools from former Confederate soldiers and his father, who put emphasis on British history, literature and religion, he also taught him the reasons for the South’s secession from the Union, his belief in God, that everything is God’s will and the value of daily prayer. In 1873 at the age of sixteen, Woodrow attended Davidson College (Charlotte, North Carolina) where he did extremely well in public speaking, effective writing, English, Latin and logic, but because of poor health was forced to quite school after only one year. In 1875, he attended Princeton University, as a History major he was very interested in his own in British history and extensively read about the subject, he also edited for the Princeton school newspaper (the Princetonian), contributed in the Liberal and American Whig debating clubs, wrote essays for the Nassau Literary Magazine and International Review and he also acted in school plays, and was the secretary and president of the baseball and football associations.
In the summer of 1879 he published “Cabinet Government in the United States” just after graduating 38th out of 167 students. After graduating from Princeton, Wilson attended law school at the University of Virginia, but in his second year he dropped out. Then in 1882 after moving to Atlanta, Wilson (after passing the Georgia bar exam) and a friend from the University of Virginia started a law practice where he practiced law for under a year before he getting bored and deciding to earn his Ph.D. by attending Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, studying political science and history, where his research and writing paid off when his thesis “Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics” (now an American political science classic) was published. In his thesis Wilson was critical of the Presidents after the Civil war and of a congressional control type of government, while in support of the British Parliamentary type of system, but by 1908 he would conclude that a strong President would able to lead just as successfully as a Prime Minister.
In 1885 at the age of 38, in his last year of graduate school, Wilson married Ellen Louise Axson, a woman with strong character, artistic and very sophisticated...

Other Essays Like Woodrow Wilson-Washington

The Power Of Conscription Essay

1424 words - 6 pages “Congress shall have power to raise and support armies…” (Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution). In the midst of World War I, Woodrow Wilson the president at the time was prompted to institute a way to recruit men for the war effort. The solution to this particular need was the Selective Service Act, which was passed by Congress on May 18, 1917, approximately six weeks after the United States formally entered the war. This act gave the

Women's Suffrage Movement Essay

3609 words - 15 pages as a result their roles continued to change. At the end of WWI women’s suffrage finally made headway with the help of President Woodrow Wilson. In 1917, he had been picketed by suffragists outside the White House who berated him for paying mere lip service to their cause. The protests reached a crescendo when several women were arrested, jailed and went on a hunger strike. Wilson was appalled to learn that the jailed suffragists were being

History Of The United States From 1877 To 1917: Industrial Revolution

1190 words - 5 pages . President Woodrow Wilson and Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act in 1913 which created a centralized, yet decentralized, national bank. A Federal Reserve System was created and comprised 12 regional branches and a Federal Reserve Board. It ensured a smooth and efficient central banking system and helped to safeguard financial institutions and the U.S currency. The decision-making power was left in the hands of the Federal Reserve Board as

Unfinished War

2247 words - 9 pages so, if Soviet-controlled North Korea occupied South Korea. But Stalin miscalculated the situation, invited the United Nations Commanders to the conflict and eventually caused a long, painful war. Bibliography Chen, J. 1994, China’s road to the Korean War, Columbia University Press, New York. Chen, J. 1993, The Sino-Soviet Alliance and China’s Entry into the Korean War, The Woodrow Wilson Centre Press, Washington, D.C. Gaddis, J.L. 2007

The History of Women's Suffrage

2705 words - 11 pages Woman, One Vote”). They implored for President Woodrow Wilson to support the proposed amendment, but got no response from him. Finally, according to “One Woman, One Vote”; “On the afternoon before the house vote, California representative John Raker announced that the President had finally agreed to make a statement” (“One Woman, One Vote”). Raker then revealed the wonderful news to the suffragettes waiting outside the White House; the President

Presidency

1683 words - 7 pages fighting. He also has the power to negotiate executive agreements with foreign countries that have the force and effect of law but do not require congressional approval. Another power the president has is to give official recognition to foreign governments. For example Woodrow Wilson refused to recognize the government of Mexico in 1913 because it had come to power through violence.As Commander in Chief of the armed forces, the president has the

Lincoln on Kentucky

1631 words - 7 pages coming down the streets of a conquered Richmond to the cheers of the free slaves. Lincoln did not see the end of war or slavery but as the author states “the end was in sight” (247). The author provides historiography throughout the book about Lincoln quoting several sources with the most well know being Woodrow Wilson who said, “Abraham Lincoln came from the most unpromising stock on the continent, the poor white trash of the south.” Harrison

The Inter-War Years (1919-1938)

2937 words - 12 pages After World War I, Woodrow Wilson, the president of the United States of America, created fourteen points in order to develop peace throughout the European nations. The first five points stated general peace clauses between the warring countries. He put forth the five points to ensure a tranquil environment in which the European countries can function without trouble. The last point also dealt with sense of a peace intention. It asked for a

Legalizing Marijuana

1529 words - 7 pages medicines being offered the same relief from pain and other medical symptoms. Bill Frist, MD Former US Senator, who had surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Southampton General Hospital, and Stanford University Medical Center, got his MD at Princeton and his BA in Specialty in Health Care Policy at Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, sent an email to ProCon.org and in that email he said

Creativity Vs Academic Study

2095 words - 9 pages and discussion with different education professionals, Stossel reports that the lack of qualified teachers, who can control discipline and motivate students to learn, and the lack of competitiveness among schools make most of the classrooms far from being inspiring for creativity and freethinking. Stossel gives an example of Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. that is considered to be one of the best schools in America, but even there

The Psychology Of Terrorist Group Recruitment

2503 words - 11 pages -CSIS_PathToTerror_Sep2007.pdf (accessed 25 May 2014). Federal Bureau of Investigation (2014). Definitions of Terrorism in the U.S. Code. Retrieved from http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/terrorism/terrorism-definition (accessed 25 May 2014). Jaber, H. (1997). Inside the world's most secretive and deadly organization: Hezbollah Born with a Vengence. New York: Columbia University Press. Reich, W. (1998). Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind. Washington, D.C.: The Woodrow Wilson center Press.

Related Papers

To What Extent Was The Lack Of Support From Presidents And Congress The Main Reason Why Little Progress Was Made In The Development Of African American Rights Between 1896 And 1941?

1351 words - 6 pages all that happened in the USA, despite this Congressmen and Presidents did to try and help rights for blacks. Another example of were Presidents have hindered rather than helped the African American movement is Woodrow Wilson. President Woodrow Wilson was an open racist; he made this clear by segregating the civil service workers, he praised the “work” of the Ku Klux Klan during the period of reconstruction. The same racist attitudes can be seen

After The War Essay

1087 words - 5 pages After The War Full Summary Midterm elections in November of 1918 showed a changing attitude towards President Woodrow Wilson and his policies. To save his party, he appealed to the voters by returning the Democrats to congress. However, voters elected Republican majorities in both houses. Wilson then announced intention to head the American delegation to the peace conference. His decisions were not received well by the people who felt

History 204 Essay

1172 words - 5 pages comes to this fight. Ambrosius, L.E.(2007) Woodrow Wilson and The Birth of a Nation: American Democracy and International Relations. Diplomacy & Statecraft Buchanan, A. (2009) Washington's 'silent ally' in World War II? United States policy towards Spain, 1939-1945 Journal of Transatlantic Studies (Routledge). Summer2009, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p93-117. 25p Avery, P.C. (2012) Confronting

History Of Usa Essay

5144 words - 21 pages ? (a) 1930 (b) 1933 (c) 1955 To which political party did President Woodrow Wilson belong? (a) Whig (b) Republican (c) Democratic Who wrote "Encyclopedia of American History"? Morris, Richard and Commager (b) Rubin, Barry (c) Siring, Lawrence. _________________ HISTORY OF THE U.S.A. 2001 1. The American Constitution is a system of “Checks and Balances”. Discuss. 2. Thomas Jefferson described his election to the American