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Inhe enrolled at Oglethorpe College, to study for the ministry, and was ordained inased to the pastorate of Beech Island, South Carolina, a year after his marriage and a year before the birth of his daughter Ellen. Just after the Civil War ended, Axson accepted the pastorate of the First Presbyterian Church in Rome, Georgia, which had been decimated during the war and faced the challenge of rebuilding.

Just prior to the death of his wife inAxson suffered a nervous collapse, the first in a series of mental health problems that would trouble him for the rest of his life. He was hospitalized at a mental health facility the following year and died two years later on 28 May All evidence suggests that he committed suicide.

The last of six children, she was educated well at the Greensboro Female College in Greensboro, Georgia.

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Enrolled there from toshe won numerous academic awards and developed a voracious reading habit. Following her graduation, Janie Hoyt Axson took a job at the college, working there for two years as a teacher. Janie Hoyt as she was known married Edward Axson as he was known at the First Presbyterian Church, Athens, Georgia in in a ceremony over which both of their fathers presided. Herself a rapid consumer of all forms of literature, she inculcated her daughter Ellen with a similar passion of reading, both for pleasure and research.

She died on 1 Novembershortly after giving birth to her fourth. Inthey migrated from Bermuda to South Carolina. Ellen Wilson appears to be the first First Lady to have received a formal pre-school education. Established by her parents in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, with classes conducted in their Porter Street home, Ellen Wilson was only four years old at the time her formal education began. Little is known of the nature of this school or its academic training, other than that students also received religious training.

Biographer Frances Wright Saunders chronicled that Ellen Wilson received an education here in algebra, logic, botany, natural history, philosophy, and geometry, excelled in English literature, composition and French and even taught herself trigonometry. The discipline which proved to have the most profound affect on her, however, was the study of art, beginning with drawing instruction from teacher Helen F. Following her graduation, Ellen Wilson continued to study art with Fairchild. Her father, however, was unable to afford the tuition and Ellen Wilson was unable to further her education in Tennessee as hoped.

She continued her education through self-study by pouring through books at the local library and enrolled in post-graduate classes at Rome Female College, studying German, advanced French and continuing to advance in drawing. By the time she was 18 years old, she began earning a substantial income by drawing crayon portraits. Following an independent trip to New York inEllen Axson had determined to professionally develop her considerable skill as an artist.

She took classes in charcoal portrait-drawing, sketching of students, sculpture drawing, advanced painting and attended weekly lectures on perspective. Her skill earned her a prestigious placement in a specialized sketching class which used nude and draped live models. The school was considered radical for its administration by its students and their gender equality.

Due the danger of living near active war zones during the Civil War, the infant and toddler Ellen Wilson would live in Athens, Savannah and Madison, Georgia all before the age of five. Her first permanent home was a two-family house on West First Street in Rome, Georgia where her family settled for a year infollowed Axson 27 seeking married at least one if not two other homes there.

From the earliest records of her life, Ellen Wilson displayed ability for scholarship, even dictating to her mother her first letter to her father before the age of three. She was so voracious a reader that her mother grew concerned for her health at times.

Her favorite author was George Eliot and she especially was drawn to English literature and American poetry. As she matured into a young adult, Ellen Wilson began expressing views at odds with the views of her parents and religious training about the need for all women to assume the traditional role of wife and mother. While she loved and respected her parents, she also felt free to express her independent opinion on a range of social issues.

Apparently more for her physical attributes than her unusually keen intellect, Ellen Axson had long appealed to a wide variety of Axson 27 seeking married men. At least five young men avidly courted her, one persisting for four years in proposing marriage, another seeking to bring her on a religious missionary asment to China. Following the nervous breakdown her widowed father endured inthe Axson household broke up, the youngest daughter raised by a maternal aunt, the eldest son in boarding school and Ellen Wilson and her younger brother living in Savannah, Georgia in the home of her paternal grandparents where she had been born.

She also assumed responsibility for aiding her elderly and infirm grandparents. These self-imposed tasks further deepened her sense that being a caretaker to those in need was her natural lot in life.

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In April ofshortly after the death of her mother, Ellen Axson was attending a church service presided over by her father, wearing a mourning veil. Joseph Ruggles Wilson. The two fathers were, in fact, long-time friends. The attorney used the family acquaintance as an excuse to pay a call at the Axson house. Within a month of their meeting, he penned the first of a lifetime of love letters to her.

They shared a mutual acculturation, coming of age in southern states which were part of the Confederacy during the Civil War and Reconstruction. At the time he began pursuing Ellen Axson, Wilson Axson 27 seeking married his law practice to attend graduate school at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in preparation for a career in education as a college professor.

Within two months of meeting Ellen Axson, Wilson determined to marry her, despite her seeming indifference to him. By what proved to be a propitious but entirely coincidental crossing of paths in September of at the summer resort town of Morganton, North Carolina, he was able to wear down her resistance and she agreed to marry him. Woodrow Wilson assured Ellen that her two brothers would always be welcome to live in their home as members of their own nuclear family, following their marriage.

He refused.

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She also became a frequent theater devotee, taking in Shakespearean productions, including three performances by Edwin Booth. She broke polite societal custom by attending lectures around the city at night, without a male escort. Deciding not to wear her engagement ring on a finger which indicated she had promised to marry Wilson, Ellen Axson also indulged in a flirtatious relationship with another man, until he learned of her commitment to marry.

In defiance of her strict Presbyterian training, she also opened herself Axson 27 seeking married to learning the differences of other faiths, attending Sunday services to hear sermons at not just an Episcopal church but those given at the non-Christian Ethical Culture Society which offered lessons in societal morality without the basis of traditional religious texts. She walked across the new Brooklyn Bridge to hear the famous but controversial preacher Henry Ward Beecher. Ellen Axson also began work as a volunteer Sunday school teacher of underprivileged children at the Spring Street Mission School, which worked out of a room above a popular bar with am African-American student body.

She expressed the belief that while the work was necessary it would likely prove futile without an effort being made to further encourage their educations at home during the weekdays. Some evidence suggests that while Ellen Wilson was never a racist in the contemporary understanding of that word, she did believe that the white and black races could never be equal. Her reasoning for this is unclear.

While earning his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University, his first book Congressional Government was published, prompting a frank discussion between them of their individual ambitions for independent careers. When Wilson expressed his interest in pursuing a political career, Ellen announced her intention to focus her energies into his career, a decision she reached entirely without his prompting.

Wilson expressed guilt at her sacrificing a promising professional career in art, but Ellen assured him that she retained the option to it later in their life together. Ellen Axson and Woodrow Wilson were married in a ceremony presided over by her paternal grandfather and his father.

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Undertaking work on his second book, one exploring comparative politics, he came to entirely depend on Ellen as a professional partner. In conducting research for his project, she used her considerable skill in German to translate for him complex political, economic and philosophical studies, pamphlets, magazine articles, and books.

This level Axson 27 seeking married research also required her to synthesize highly theoretical materials, deepening her intellectual grasp of government and politics. She did this at the same time that she also undertook a home economics class under the tutelage of a Mrs. Rorer in Philadelphia. In loyalty to the South of her youth, Ellen Wilson ensured that her first two children were born in her native Georgia.

As her own parents had done for her, Ellen Wilson became the first educator to her daughters, teaching them how to read, instructing them in religious training and ensuring a lack of selfishness by presenting all three with one gift each on all of their birthdays. She read them Greek mythology, Shakespeare and hired a nurse who would also teach them German and French. The fact that none of her three children were boys proved to be a tremendous disappointment to Ellen Wilson, a feeling her husband and father-in-law did not discourage.

When Wilson assumed a new position at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, Ellen Wilson became further exposed to differing northern views on public issues. After befriending a Brown University professor, for example, he sent her a book with a more progressive vision of how racial equality could begin to be achieved in the U. Following his accepting the offer of Princeton University to chair the political economics department, the family relocated to the college town in New Jersey.

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This structure was deed by a woman architect and displayed works of fine art in all forms created by women and it stirred pride and hope within her for the professional recognition and Axson 27 seeking married of artists of her own gender.

Ellen Wilson provided the preliminary architectural renderings of the two-story Tudor-style house in Princeton, which the family then had built and completed in Along with her study of architecture, her reading subjects ranged from classic and contemporary American, English and French fiction, religion, philosophy, politics, history, and all forms of art. More humorously, when male members of her family once partook of a round of cigars passed to them during a holiday celebration, Ellen Wilson also took one and smoked it, suggesting she had a right to do so if she chose.

When a spate of home robberies afflicted the Wilson house neighborhood, Ellen Wilson purchased a gun, learned how to use it and kept it at her bedside during the frequent absences of her husband, in order to be prepared to defend herself, her children and their home. When her husband vacationed to Scotland and England in the summer ofEllen Wilson remained home and d painting and drawing for the first time in a decade. Using an English landscape and oil of a Madonna in the Princeton University art collection as models, she turned out expert copies, as well as watercolor landscapes and six crayon drawing portraits.

She also felt free to travel and explore on her own, once visiting New Orleans to experience its famous Mardi Gras celebration at the pinnacle of its revelry. In New York, she took in a performance of avant-garde actress Alla Nazimova. The following year she returned without him, spending longer periods of time in individual towns and cities of Italy, where she explored works of history and art.

Ellen Wilson also became involved in the Princeton community. With the retirement there in of former President Grover Cleveland and former First Lady Frances Cleveland, the Wilsons found they shared not only the same Presbyterian faith and Democratic politics but three young daughters: Ruth Cleveland and Nell Wilson even became good friends.

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