Woodrow Wilson’s Death

Woodrow Wilson’s health took a precipitous turn on January 30, 1924. His physician and friend, Dr. Cary T. Grayson, who was on a hunting trip with Bernard Baruch in South Carolina, was urgently summoned back to the S Street residence of Woodrow and Edith Wilson by telegram. Continue reading

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Meeting Royalty

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Woodrow and Edith Wilson with the British Royal Family, 1918: Cary T. Grayson Papers, WWPL: Staunton, VA

After the end of World War I, President Wilson traveled to Europe in order to be involved in the negotiations of the Paris Peace Conference, ultimately producing the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. However, he first traveled to London, England and met with the British Royal family. Continue reading

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Morgenthau & Grayson

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Courtesy of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

After returning from the Paris Peace Conference, Woodrow Wilson was determined to see the United States join the League of Nations. Still, many in Congress were unsure of whether entry into the League of Nations would be good for the Unites States. Thus, Wilson began a public speaking tour of the country in order to convince the American people of his plan.  He suffered a collapse in Pueblo, Colorado and was forced to return to Washington D.C. after only completing part of his speaking tour. Shortly after returning to the White House, he had a stroke that debilitated him for the remainder of his life. Continue reading

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A Death and Burial Abroad

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Courtesy of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Margaret Wilson, the oldest daughter of Woodrow Wilson spent the final years of her life as a part of the Hindu mystic Sri Aurobindo’s ashram in the Pondicherry, French India. She died there on February 12, 1944 from a uremia, and her family was notified by a letter that is now housed in the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library’s archival collection. Continue reading

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Margaret Wilson: A Spiritual Journey

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Margaret Wilson. Courtesy of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

While many know that Woodrow Wilson had three daughters and his oldest daughter, Margaret Wilson served as First Lady after the death of her mother, Ellen Wilson in 1914, few know that Margaret lived and died in India after her father’s death. Going from her Presbyterian roots, to practicing Christian Science, and then later becoming a devotee of the guru Sri Aurobindo, Margaret’s life was a spiritual journey. Continue reading

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Presidential Health and Protection

Dr. Cary T. Grayson, Woodrow Wilson’s physician and friend, believed that outdoor exercise was a key to keeping the President healthy. Among the thousands of documents generously donated to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library by the Grayson family in 2005 are two letters that highlight the tension that existed between Grayson’s desire for the President to get adequate physical exercise and the need to keep him safe. Continue reading

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Woodrow Wilson: An Intimate Memoir

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Dr. Grayson with Woodrow Wilson during the voyage to the Paris Peace Conference after World War 1.

Cary T. Grayson, known as Woodrow Wilson’s personal physician throughout his time in the White House, was by Wilson’s side throughout many important events such as the death of Ellen Wilson. He is also the person who introduced the president to Edith Bolling Galt, who would later become Wilson’s second wife. Continue reading

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