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Remembering Woodrow Wilson

On February 3, 1924 (89 years ago today) Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, died at his home in Washington D.C.



Wilson left the Presidency in 1921, having been devastated by a serious stroke that he suffered in October of 1919. He and his wife Edith retired from the White House to an elegant 1915 town house in the Embassy Row (Kalorama) section of Washington, D.C. Wilson enjoyed a relaxed retirement, going for daily drives, and attending Keith's vaudeville theatre on Saturday nights. He attended only two state functions in his retirement. One was the ceremony preceding the burial of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, on Armistice Day (November 11), 1921. The other was President Warren G. Harding's state funeral in the U.S. Capitol, on August 8, 1923.

On November 10, 1923, Wilson made a short Armistice Day radio speech from the library of his home, his last national address. The following day, Armistice Day, he spoke briefly from the front steps to more than 20,000 well wishers gathered outside the house.

Wilson died in his S Street home on February 3, 1924, finally succumbing to the effects of his stroke. He was buried in Washington National Cathedral, the only president buried in Washington, D.C. (William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy are buried in nearby Arlington Cemetary, in Arlington, Virigina.)

His wife Edith remained in the home for the rest of her life, another 37 years. In 1961, she attended the inaugural of President John F. Kennedy. She passed away on December 28, 1961, on what would have been her husband's 105th birthday and the day that she was supposed to be the guest of honor at the opening of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge across the Potomac River.



In 1929, Wilson's image appeared on the $100,000 bill. The bill is now out of print but still legal tender. It was only used to transfer money between Federal Reserve banks.

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