07/04/2022 · Ellen Axson Wilson. Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, 1910. Courtesy: Library of Congress. The future 28th first lady was born in Savannah, Georgia, on May 15, 1860, and lived most of her childhood in Rome ...
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 offered Wilson the chance to break their engagement, due to the societal shame of what was almost certainly her father’s suicide. He refused. During her residency in New York City, while studying at the Art Students League, Ellen Axson avidly indulged her free time by regularly visiting the rotating exhibits throughout the city’s network of art galleries.
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 demonstrated artistic ability from an early age. From 1875 to 1878 she studied art with Helen F. Fairchild at the Female College in Rome, Georgia.
10/10/2021 · Ellen Axson Wilson (May 15, 1860–August 6, 1914), first wife of Woodrow Wilson, was First Lady of the United States from 1913 until her death. Born Ellen Louise Axson in Savannah, Georgia, the daughter of the Reverend Samuel Edward Axson, a Presbyterian minister, and Margaret Jane (née Hoyt) Axson, Ellen was a lady of refined tastes with a fondness for art, music and literature.
The President Woodrow Wilson House exhibited The Art of Ellen Axson Wilson- American Impressionist in 2011. The exhibition then traveled across the country for five years before returning to the Wilson House. When on view in Rome, Georgia (Ellen's birthplace and where she is buried), the Rome Area Council for the Arts put together a wonderful ...