Definition of Woodrow Wilson from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Woodrow Wilson

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(1856-1924) the 28th US President (1913-21). He was a Democrat and is remembered as an honest man who worked hard for world peace. Earlier in his career he had been President of Princeton University (1902-10) and Governor of New Jersey (1911-3). As US President, he tried to keep the US out of World War I, but he finally sent US soldiers to join the Allied forces in 1917, saying that 'the world must be made safe for democracy'. After the war Wilson's Fourteen Points were used as the basis for the peace agreement, and he was given the Nobel Prize for peace in 1919. He also created the idea for the League of Nations and was greatly disappointed when Congress decided that the US should not join it. Wilson's government also established the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Trade Commission.