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.

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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,

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

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

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  • 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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