Woodrow Wilson

Early Life and Family

Where and when was he born?

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia, to Joseph Wilson and Janet Woodrow Wilson on December 28, 1856. Known as “Tommy” as a youngster, he later dropped his first name to the initial T. and then dropped it altogether. He claimed this was based on a request from his mother (whose maiden name was Woodrow).


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