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Ellen Louise Axson Wilson


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Ellen Louise Axson Wilson
  • Location: Located at grave site in Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome

Ellen Louise Axson Wilson Wife of the 28th President of the United States

Born in Savannah, Georgia, May 15, 1860

Moved to Rome, Georgia, March 1866

Graduated from Rome Female College, 1876

Attended New York Art Students League, 1884-1885

Her father, The Rev. Mr. Samuel Edward Axson was pastor of Rome’s First Presbyterian Church, 1866-1883, where Woodrow Wilson first saw her, April 8, 1883. They were married in Savannah, June 24th, 1885. The Wilsons were parents of three daughters.

A gifted painter she contributed to humanitarian causes, including The Berry Schools. As America’s First Lady, she championed improved working conditions for women and better housing for Washington’s poor. Eleanor Roosevelt considered Mrs. Wilson a mentor on social issues. Mrs. Wilson died on August 6, 1914 in The White House.

First Lady, Princeton University, 1902 - 1910

First Lady, The State of New Jersey, 1911 - 1913

First Lady of the United States

March 4, 1913 - August 6, 1914

Placed by Rome Area Heritage Foundation April, 1998