Woodrow Wilson

(1856–1924)

Woodrow Wilson

Anecdote 1...

One afternoon during his time as governor of New Jersey, Wilson received news of the sudden death of a personal friend, a New Jersey senator. He was still recovering from the shock when the telephone rang again. It was a prominent New Jersey politician. “Governor,” he said, “I would like to take the senator’s place.” Wilson replied, “It’s perfectly agreeable to me if it’s agreeable to the undertaker.”

Quote-worthy...

I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.

~Woodrow Wilson

Some Woodrow Wilson quotes

Anecdote 2...

Once a Cabinet member praised Wilson for his short speeches and asked him how long it took to prepare them. “It depends,” Wilson told him. “If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days, if an hour, I am ready now.”

Biographical Note: 

Woodrow Wilson was a U.S. statesman; president of Princeton University (1902-10); governor of New Jersey (1911-13); 28th president of the United States (1913-21). After maintaining a neutral position in the first years of World War I, Wilson eventually (1917) brought the United States into the conflict, following upon German submarine outrages. His Fourteen Points, incorporated into the Treaty of Versailles, laid the foundation for the League of Nations.