32¢ Woodrow Wilson
Celebrate the Century – 1910s
Issue Date: February 3, 1998
City: Washington, DC
Printed By: Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd
Printing Method: Lithographed
As the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson is often remembered for his leadership during World War I. From 1914 until 1917, while other countries were taking sides in this conflict, President Wilson represented the popular American wish to remain neutral. In fact, a slogan used for his re-election in 1916 was “He kept us out of war.” Wilson proved himself to be as great a leader when the United States entered the war as well.
On January 8, 1918, Woodrow Wilson addressed Congress with his most famous speech. In this speech, he named fourteen points to be used as a guide for a peace settlement. He went on to help negotiate the armistice of November 11, 1918 which ended World War I. Wilson’s Fourteen Points introduced his plan for a League of Nations, and he went to the Paris Peace Conference to promote this further. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919 for this work.
Wilson transformed the presidency while dramatic changes were taking place nationally and worldwide. He commanded public opinion. He led his party in Congress as important changes were made in banking, business, labor, and federal aid. President Wilson was a champion of world peace and democracy, and a spokesman for humanity during a major world crisis.