John Milton Cooper guides us through Wilson’s personal and political worlds, bringing the man and his times to life. We see how Wilson cut his political teeth as president of Princeton and how he came virtually out of nowhere in 1912 to lead the Democrats to victory, applying his careful study of politics to his new office. We see him develop his vision for government and articulate it in tours around the country, speaking directly to the American people, which he believed was the best way to engender their most sustained, and sustaining, support.A long overdue, revelatory portrait of one of our most transformative presidents.
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Woodrow Wilson went from President of Princeton University to President of the United States in 1912 and led the country during World War I. Woodrow Wilson won the election of 1912 as a Democrat when Teddy Roosevelt split the Republican vote by forming the Bull Moose Party. Princeton University is one of the Ivy League schools, located in New Jersey between Philadelphia and New York City.