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Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton Va on Dec 28 1856 He was profoundly influenced by a devoutly religious household headed by his father Joseph Ruggles Wilson a Presbyterian minister and his mother Janet Woodrow Wilson the daughter of a minister Woodrow attended 1873-74 Davidson College and in 1875 entered the College of New Jersey graduating in 1879 Wilson studied 1879-80 at the University of Virginia Law School briefly practiced law in Atlanta and in 1883 entered The Johns Hopkins University for graduate study in political science His widely acclaimed book Congressional Government 1885 was published a year before he received the doctoral degree In 1885 he married Ellen Louise Axson they had three daughtersWilson taught at Bryn Mawr College 1885-88 and Wesleyan University in Connecticut 1888-90 before he was called 1890 to Princeton as professor of jurisprudence and political economy A popular lecturer Wilson also wrote a score of articles and nine books including Division and Reunion 1893 and his five-volume History of the American People 1902 In 1902 he was the unanimous choice of the trustees to become Princetons president His reforms included reorganization of the departmental structure revision of the curriculum raising of academic standards tightening of student discipline and the still-famous preceptorial system of instruction But Wilsons quad plan--an attempt to create colleges or quadrangles where students and faculty members would live and study together--was defeated Opposed by wealthy alumni and trustees he also lost his battle for control of the proposed graduate collegeThe Princeton controversies seen nationally as a battle between democracy and vested wealth propelled Wilson into the political arena George Harvey editor of Harpers Weekly with help from New Jerseys Democratic party bosses persuaded Wilson to run for governor in 1910 After scoring an easy victory he cast off his machine sponsors and launched a remarkable program of progressive legislation including a direct-primary law antitrust laws a corrupt-practices act a workmens compensation act and measures establishing a
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