“The world must be safe for democracy. Its peace must be placed upon the tested foundations of political liberty.” This is one of many famous quotes from the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson. This is a quote from President Wilson’s declaration of war to a Special Session of Congress that lead the United States into World War I on April 6, 1917. This is one of the most important things he did during his two terms as President of the United States, but before he was President, Wilson was a very intelligent and ambitious person (just as he was when he was president). Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28, 1856 in Staunton, Virginia. Wilson moved around alot in his younger years. He moved from Staunton, Virginia to Augusta, Georgia to Columbia, South Carolina, and then to Wilmington, North Carolina. In his younger years, he had problems with his eyes, which slowed down his ability to read, but in 1873, he enrolled at Davidson College (North Carolina). This is where his he became proficient in English, Latin, rhetoric, etc. Though he was doing very well, he was forced to drop out. He did not give up, so he enrolled at the College of New Jersey. He did not graduate at the top of his class in 1879, but he did fairly well. He then went on to law school, after a few years of this, he decided to stop because he grew bored of the job. This brought him back to college at John Hopkins University. This is where he got a PhD in history and political science in 1886 (Ambar, Saladin). During his last year of graduate school (at the College of New Jersey), he got married to Ellen Louise Axson at the age of 28. She was a very talented women who had a great taste for art, literature, etc. She motivated him to work for economic and political reform during his presidency up until she passed away on March 4, 1913, one year after he became the president. Before Wilson actually became the President of the United States, he became President of Princeton University, which was formerly known as the College of New Jersey. He completely changed the way how things worked around the institution. Wilson did what the board of trustees did not expect, he changed the entire curriculum. Everyone was fine with it until 1906. The board stopped backing his ideas. After a couple of more years, he left Princeton University. After Woodrow Wilson left Princeton University, he was approached by representatives from the democratic party in New Jersey. They wanted him to run for governor. Wilson agreed and ended up winning the general election. The democratic representatives thought he could be used as “puppet” for them to use to persuade voters not to worry about recent scandals, but once he won, he declared his independence from the representatives. According to the article, “Woodrow Wilson: Life Before the Presidency,” in his first couple of years as governor of New Jersey, he pushed many things through legislation. One of these things required anyone who ran in a political campaign (candidates) to file financial statements for the campaign. He also supported worker’s compensation. He gained a lot of attention through the things he did. One person in particular was the head of the Democratic Party, William Bryan. Wilson’s campaign to presidency was not an easy one. He ran against two very powerful people who had lots of support. The two people ran against were former President Theodore, Roosevelt, a progressive, and former President William Taft, a republican (he was out of the picture very quickly) . Though he ran against two former president, who was able to gain support with the help of his running mate, Thomas R. Marshall and William Bryan (the head of the Democratic Party). Wilson had four different campaign slogans when he ran for president the first time. These slogans ranged from “Win with Wilson,” to “I am for Wilson and an 8 Hour Day!” According to the article “Woodrow Wilson: Campaign and Elections,” he wanted to banking and currency reform, federal income taxes, tariff (tax on imports/exports) reductions, etc. Theodore Roosevelt believed in a more strict government regulations. Though there weren’t any major scandals, Theodore Roosevelt was shot during one of his speeches (he actually continued to give his speech until he collapsed and was taken to the hospital). The actual turn out of the general election was very surprising. Woodrow Wilson won with an electoral vote of 435 and a popular vote of 6,296,284. Theodore Roosevelt had an electoral vote of 88 and a popular vote of 4,122,721. Many major events happened during Wilson’s presidency. One of these major events was Federal Reserve Act. President Wilson signed the act on December 23, 1913 and it became a law. This act created a Federal Reserve System. This act also protected America’s economy, federal banks, etc. This act also required national banks, state banks, and trusts to join the system. Another major event that happened during his time as president was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, Serbia on June 6, 1914. This was important because this is the main reason why World War I began in Europe. When the war began, President Wilson declared that United States was “…impartial in thought as well as in action.” This event actually lead to the third major event that happened during his presidency (during his second term). The sinking of the Lusitania in on May 7, 1915, which was a British boat that had American citizen on it, and the Zimmerman Telegram (February 24, 1917), which was a telegram sent to Mexico, and asked Mexico to join Germany. The Zimmerman Telegram was a very terrifying event because Mexico was a close neighbor of the United States. After his two terms as president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson lived more of a secluded life. Wilson thought about running for a third term at the time, but he was paralyzed and almost blind at the time (Life After the Presidency). Woodrow Wilson died on February 3, 1924 at the age of 67. He was buried at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.