Woodrow Wilson and John Grier Hibben each won Princeton’s presidency, but a bitter dispute over the University’s future destroyed their friendship
Michael Witte '66
As president of Princeton, Woodrow Wilson 1879 became one of the most revered educators in America — and one of the most hated. In a new book, W. Barksdale Maynard ’88 tells the story of Wilson’s complex relationship with Old Nassau from freshman year to the day he died. This excerpt describes the falling-out between Wilson and University president John Grier Hibben 1882 — best friends turned bitter foes in a clash Wilson’s daughter called the most painful of his life. Here we see one of Wilson’s most infamous and perplexing characteristics: his vindictive streak. (Adapted from by W. Barksdale Maynard, Yale University Press, 2008. Reproduced by permission.)
The Princeton Bric-a-Brac, 1917
George Grantham Bain collection/Library of Congress
W. Barksdale Maynard ’88 is a lecturer in the School of Architecture.