Biography of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson Part 9 After the Presidency

About the United States President Woodrow Wilson, biography and history of his life after the presidency.


28th President



Despite his broken health and the wreckage of his policies. Wilson entertained the incredible idea that the Democrats might nominate him for a third term. Fortunately, the convention turned elsewhere, choosing James M. Cox of Ohio, who agreed nevertheless to champion the cause of the League of Nations and to make the election a referendum on Wilson's leadership. The result was the greatest landslide in American history up to that time-and an emphatic rejection of Wilsonian idealism. After a brief appearance at the inauguration of his Republican successor, the 64-year-old former President retired in bitterness to a private home on S Street in Washington. There Wilson hoped to write a book that would advance his policies and justify his presidency, but he never got further than the first page--a formal dedication to his wife Edith. On Armistice Day, 1923 (three months before his death), a throng of well-wishers gathered in front of his house. Wilson appeared on the balcony and, overcome with emotion, made a brief speech. "I am not one of those that have the least anxiety about the triumph of the principles I have stood for," he concluded. "I have seen fools resist Providence before and I have seen their destruction, as will come upon these again--utter destruction and contempt. That we shall prevail is as sure as that God reigns." The main headline in The New York Times the day Wilson's remarks appeared read-across three columns-HITLER FORCES RALLYING NEAR MUNICH.

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