Historic Markers Across Georgia



Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, Wife of the 28th President of the United States



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Location: Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome, GA
County: Floyd
Coordinates: N 34° 15.076    W 085° 10.724
  34.25126666    -85.17873333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM5RTX
Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, Wife of the 28th President of the United States Marker  



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Born in Savannah, Georgia, May 15, 1860
Moved to Rome, Georgia, March 1866
Graduated from Rome Female College, 1876
Attended New York Art Students League, 1884-1885

Her father, The Rev. Mr. Samuel Edward Axson was pastor of Rome´s First Presbyterian Church, 1866-1883, where Woodrow Wilson first saw her, April 8, 1883. They were married in Savannah, June 24th, 1885. The Wilsons were parents of three daughters.

A gifted painter she contributed to humanitarian causes, including The Berry Schools. As America´s First Lady, she championed improved working conditions for women and better housing for Washington´s poor. Eleanor Roosevelt considered Mrs. Wilson a mentor on social issues. Mrs. Wilson died on August 6, 1914 in The White House.

First Lady, Princeton University, 1902 - 1910
First Lady, The State of New Jersey, 1911 - 1913
First Lady of the United States
March 4, 1913 - August 6, 1914

Placed by Rome Area Heritage Foundation April, 1998



 

 

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