President Woodrow Wilson Suffers A Massive Stroke- This Day 1919

On this day in 1919 POTUS Woodrow Wilson suffered a massive stroke, which left him partically paralyzed and blind in his left eye. In the weeks and months leading up to the stroke Wilson had been working himself to death trying to gain support for the ratification of his League of Nations.

Woodrow Wilson would never fully recover. For the rest of his presidency he would be shielded away in the White House by his second wife Edith. In many ways she was the acting POTUS at the time. This is one of the main reasons for the 25th Amendment. The full extent of his illness was kept from the public until after his death in February of 1924.  Wilson’s “League of Nations” would not be ratified by the U.S. Senate.

Woodrow Wilson is the only POTUS buried in Washington, D.C. He is buried at Washington’s National Cathedral. Edith Wilson outlived her husband by 37 years.

A lot of historian regard POTUS Wilson highly. I think he is the most overrated POTUS in American history.

3 responses to “President Woodrow Wilson Suffers A Massive Stroke- This Day 1919

  1. I’m with you on Wilson. He was ultimately an academic who never understood the realities of world politics. Clemenceau and the French were able to manipulate Wilson in order to dictate unnecessarily harsh terms to the Germans after World War I, which did little to ameliorate the hard feeling caused by the brutal conflict.

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