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Title Ellen Louise Axson Wilson
Collection First Lady Dolls
Catalog Number 2015.017.030
Description Ellen Louise Axson Wilson (1860-1951)
Wife of Woodrow Wilson - Served as First Lady from 1913-1914.

Ellen Louise Axson was named after two aunts. She was 5' 3" tall; light brown hair and dark brown eyes. From the earliest records of her life, Ellen displayed ability for scholarship, even dictating to her mother her first letter to her father before the age of three. She was a voracious reader.
At the age of 25, Ellen Louise Axson married Thomas Woodrow Wilson on June 23, 1885. The ceremony was presided over by her paternal grandfather and his father.
When Wilson expressed his interest in pursuing a political career, Ellen announced her intention to focus on his career. Wilson expressed guilt at her sacrificing a promising professional career in art, but Ellen assured him that she retained the option to resume it later in their life together.
During her first full three months as First Lady, from march until June, 1913, Ellen Wilson hosted over 40 White House receptions, with an average guest list of 600. Although both she and the President initially appeared on the receiving lines, it was the new First Lady who endured these to the end, at great expense to her health. Those who knew her in the White House described her as calm and sweet, a motherly woman.
Event Bicentennial First Lady Doll Exhibit - Community Project
Creator Parks, Phyllis Juhlin
Costume Costume by Donna Birch Workman
Given Given by Merry Mrs. Club
Source Uintah County Library