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.
Grayson was by Wilson’s side when he trekked overseas to be a part of the negotiations for the Treaty of Versailles was present and cared for him during his stroke in 1919. Grayson continued to serve as Woodrow Wilson’s doctor after he left the White House until the 28th President died in February 1924. Until his own death in 1939, Grayson spoke about his friendship with Woodrow Wilson and supported efforts to permanently memorialize him.
The legacy of their friendship was permanently preserved when Cary T. Grayson’s Woodrow Wilson: An Intimate Memoir was released in 1960. The memoir was originally a collection of essays titled The Religion of Woodrow Wilson. The memoir gives an in-depth look at the friendship between these two men and shares Grayson’s and Wilson’s views on many of the events they experienced throughout Wilson’s administration.
A gift of the Grayson family, this and other photographs and documents in the Cary T. Grayson Papers are housed in the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library’s archives. A Selection of these papers can be viewed in the WWPL’s digital library available here.