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Ellen Louise Wilson
Original name: Ellen Axson
Birth: May 15, 1860
Savannah
Chatham County
Georgia, USA
Death: Aug. 6, 1914
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Presidential First Lady. She was born Ellen Axon the daughter of a Presbyterian minister in Savannah and grew up in Rome, Georgia. Thomas Woodrow Wilson while attending her father's church service was introduced to Ellen. The chance meeting kindled a whirlwind courtship culminating in marriage. The same year Wilson took a teaching job at Bryn Mawr College (for women) in Pennsylvania, then became a teacher and football coach at Wesleyan and finally returned to his alma mater Princeton and became its President. Their family had grown to three. He became active in politics and was elected governor of New Jersey and then ascended to the Presidency. Upon becoming the First Lady she presided over the dinners, teas and receptions reluctantly as she was not interested in Washington society. She was an excellent amateur painter and had a studio installed with a skylight. She sold many of her paintings with proceeds going to her favorite charity. She was a descendant of slave owners and she visited the capital's slums and called them to the attention of Congressmen resulting in some improvement with passage of a Congressional Bill. She visited government offices, particularly the Government Printing Office and the Post Office Department, where she crusaded for better working conditions for all people, but for women in particular. She slipped on a polished floor suffering a bad fall in her White House bedroom and had surgery on her legs. she was diagnosed with Bright's disease and tuberculosis of the kidneys. Six months later, she was dead at the age of 54 and the President took her home to Rome, Georgia. After a funeral service at Rome's First Presbyterian Church, where they first met, she was interred in historic Mrytle Hill Cemetery beside her parents. She has a living memorial on the White House grounds. Ellen was instrumental in the establishment of the Rose Garden. Woodrow Wilson's grief was short lived as within a year he would marry Edith Bolling in a private ceremony. (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Edward Axson (1836 - 1884)
  Margaret Jane Hoyt Axson (1838 - 1881)
 
 Spouse:
  Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924)*
 
 Children:
  Margaret Woodrow Wilson (1886 - 1944)*
  Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre (1887 - 1933)*
  Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo (1889 - 1967)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ellen Louise Wilson (1860 - 1914)
  Stockton Axson (1867 - 1935)*
  Edward William Axson (1876 - 1905)*
  Margaret Randolph Axson Elliott (1881 - 1958)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: She is buried next to her parents, Rev. Axon and Janie Axson.
 
Burial:
Myrtle Hill Cemetery
Rome
Floyd County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Section OR, Lot 325
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 2459
Ellen Louise Wilson
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Ellen Louise Wilson
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