Wilson’s First Presidency

Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as President of the United States in 1913. However, over a decade earlier, Wilson was part of another inauguration ceremony. That time, his inauguration celebrated his ascendancy to the presidency of Princeton University.


In the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library’s archive, one can find an original inauguration program and coronation calendar from October 24th and 25th, 1902. 1902_Princeton_inaug_cover

The contents include;

  • announcement for the Tournament on the Links at the Princeton Golf Club,


  • the menu (in French) for the inauguration dinner,
  • a ‘smoker’ at the headquarters,


  • a march to the athletic field for a football game between Princeton and Columbia (with the names of the probable starting line-up listed),


  • and of course, the order of events for the inauguration ceremony itself.

The images of the program’s pages provide a look into life at Princeton University in 1902. A visit to the WWPL archive will provide an opportunity to experience the artifacts firsthand, while affording time for in-depth reading and exploration of this and other documents.

Post written by library volunteer Tim French


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