Ellen Axson Wilson was the first wife of President Woodrow Wilson and First Lady of the United States from 1913 until her death in 1914. "I am naturally the most unambitious of women and life in the White House has no attractions for me." Mrs. Wilson was writing to thank President Taft for advice concerning the mansion he was leaving.
Ellen Louise Axson grew up in Rome, Georgia, where her father, the Reverend S.E. Axson, was a Presbyterian minister. Thomas Woodrow Wilson first saw her when he was about six and she only a baby. In 1883, as a young lawyer from Atlanta, “Tommy” visited Rome and met “Miss Ellie Lou” again — a beautiful girl now, keeping house for a bereaved father.
Ellen Axson Wilson (1860-1914), the first wife of President Woodrow Wilson, was a reform-minded First Lady and an artist in the American Impressionist style. Born in Savannah Georgia in 1860, Ellen...
Ellen Louise Axson Wilson (née Axson; May 15, 1860 – August 6, 1914), was the first wife of President Woodrow Wilson and the mother of their three daughters. Like her husband, she was a Southerner, as well as the daughter of a clergyman. She was born in Savannah, Georgia, but raised in Rome, Georgia. Read more on Wikipedia
One of only a few female artists engaged in the movement at the time, Ellen showed remarkable talent as well as a willingness to balance her artistic career with her family and her duties as First Lady. The President Woodrow Wilson House exhibited The Art of Ellen Axson Wilson- American Impressionist in 2011.
Wilson, Ellen Axson. Identifier. WWP15012. Date. 1904 April 26. Description. Ellen Axson Wilson writes to her husband, Woodrow Wilson, during a trip with her ...
Wilson, Ellen Axson, “Ellen Axson Wilson to Woodrow Wilson,” 1902 August 7, WWP14972, Ellen Axson Wilson Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.