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…
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