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Woodrow Wilson ’79: A Personal Tribute

This comradeship of his which began on this campus had a strong hold on him always. It included all kinds of men on the campus and diverse interests. He never lost the joy of it – and I know it often lightened his burdens.
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Woodrow Wilson ’79 As A Thinker

It was this sort of thinking that to me explains much in his reconstruction of Princeton’s educational work and life. When he entered upon the presidency of this University, he found a long accumulated confusion in its curriculum, and in its teaching administration. The elemental simplicity of his thinking made his first accomplishment the reform of this into a simplicity that disclosed the rational value in the studies and the rational privilege in the teaching of them.
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Woodrow Wilson ’79 ’s Case for the League of Nations

“It is the greatest process of international conference and of international discussion ever conceived, and that is what we are trying to substitute for war. …In other words, the only way we can prevent the unspeakable thing from happening again is that the nations of the world should unite and put an irresistible force behind peace and order.” - Woodrow Wilson ’79
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The Formal Inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson ’79

The ride from the Capitol to the White House at the head of the inaugural parade was a spectacle of color, predominant in it all being the orange and black of Princeton. All along the line, the buildings were fairly hidden with people.
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Woodrow Wilson ’79 Elected as President of the United States

“The lesson of this election is a lesson responsibility. I believe that a great cause has triumphed, but a cause can not go forward by the activities of a single man or a single Congress, it must be done by prolonged efforts.” - President-elect Woodrow Wilson ’79
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President Woodrow Wilson’s ’79 Address Regarding Graduate Students (1910)

“And so, gentlemen, as a business proposition what ought we to do? Take the money at the risk of having no graduate students, or get the graduate students at the risk of having no money? For a university man there is no choice between these two. Take the graduate students and do without the money!” - President Woodrow Wilson ’79
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President Woodrow Wilson's ’79 Annual Report (1908)

“The comfort and convenience of class-room work and of preceptorial conferences have been immeasurably increased by the completion of McCosh Hall, a building which has in use confirmed in every way our anticipation of what it would be.” - President Woodrow Wilson ’79
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President Woodrow Wilson ’79 in Indianapolis

“The result is that our school curricula and the courses provided in our colleges have become a perfect miscellany, without order and without standard. It is time that we recognize the fact that education in the modern world has two distinct objects and that nobody can successfully pursue both of these objects.” - President Woodrow Wilson ’79
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Ideals of Public Life: An Address Made by President Woodrow Wilson ’79

“We live in a very confused time. The economic developments which have embarrassed our life are of comparatively recent origin, and our chief trouble is that we do not exactly know what we are about. We have not made a thorough analysis of the facts; we are full of suspicions, but our arguments do not abound in proof.” - President Woodrow Wilson ’79
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President Woodrow Wilson's ’79 Address to the Board of Trustees

“The plan in its briefest terms is this: to draw the undergraduates together into residential quads in which they shall eat as well as lodge together, and in which they shall, under the presidency of a resident member of the Faculty, regulate their own corporate life by some simple method of self-government.” - Woodrow Wilson ’79
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Woodrow Wilson's ’79 Preceptorial Experiment

As an experiment in teaching, Mr. Wilson’s effort has been a distinct success and educators throughout the country recognize the immense value that his administration has already been to Princeton.
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President Woodrow Wilson ’79 Reports on Material Growth and Financial Condition

The total invested funds of the University amount at par value to but $2,705,500, yielding an income of $185,261.65. The total income of the University, from all sources, is but $460,863.20, the balance over and above income from investments being derived chiefly from tuition and other fees $188,763.26, room rents $45,344.57, and from annual gifts $35,219.99.
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President Woodrow Wilson ’79 at Reunions

"My Scotch-Irish temper got the better of me, and I told him that Princeton did not follow in the footsteps of any university, but beat her own trail as she saw fit, and that if he didn’t like the way we did things, he could withdraw his son, and send him to the rival school. That is the way I feel about it, and that is the policy of Princeton." - President Woodrow Wilson ’79
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President Woodrow Wilson ’79 Campaigns For Preceptorials

"Wherever you have a small class and they can be intimately associated with their chief in the study of an interesting subject they catch the infection of the subject; but where they are in big classes and simply hear a man lecture two or three times a week, they cannot catch the infection of anything, except it may be the voice and enthusiasm of the lecturer himself. This is the way in which to transform the place." - President Woodrow Wilson ’79
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President Woodrow Wilson ’79 in Chicago

In his address President Wilson said that the university needs $12,500,000; that this need is immediate, and is based upon a careful and detailed calculation; half of it, he said, is wanted in order to enable Princeton to do in a workmanlike fashion what is already set down in the catalogue – that is, to do as it ought to be done the present work of the undergraduate departments.
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The Inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson ’79

The administering of the oaths was an impressive ceremony. We print below the full text of the new President’s vows. He made his responses as if he meant them to serve for more than a quaint bit of symbolism.
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Woodrow Wilson ’79 Speaks at Princeton's 155th Annual Commencement

"How can a man who loves this place as I love it realize of a sudden that he has now the liberty to devote every power that is in him to its service. You must sympathize with me, I feel sure, in the feeling with which I realize that I am to be the successor of the brilliant man who has just addressed you." - Woodrow Wilson
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President Patton’s Resignation and Woodrow Wilson ’79’s Election

Therefore with shrewdness and dispatch, for which we beg to offer thanks on behalf of the admiring alumni, the board, being unanimous in their opinion as to the proper one to succeed President Patton, and he favoring the same man, proceeded forthwith to elect Prof. Wilson the new President of Princeton. No other name was proposed.
On the Campus

Occupying Nassau Hall

Sit-in sparks campus, national debates; Eisgruber agrees to address demands