Ellen Louise Axson Wilson
By Felicia Davis
Ellen Louise Axson was born on
May 15, 1860 in Savannah, Ga. She married Thomas Woodrow Wilson
(who later became President of the United States) on June 23,
1885. Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson had three lovely daughters.
Ellen Wilson was a talented artist, well known for her art
work. Before her marriage, Ellen Lousie Axson resided in
Rome. She graduated from the Rome Female College, which stood
on Lumpkin Hill. Her father, Rev Samuel Axson was the
minister of Rome's First Presbyterian Church. She later
studied art at The Art Students League in New York. Some of her
artwork was exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute, Women Arts
in New York and many other places. She established a
scholarship at Berry Schools in memory of her brother and sold
many of her paintings to fund it. She was also known for
helping Woodrow Wilson with his political career. She is also
responsible for the creation of the Rose Garden at the White
House and did much work to improve the living conditions of the
Washington's poor. It is believed that she contracted
tuberculosis of the kidneys in the slums of Washington.
In March, she slipped on a polished floor in one of the
bedrooms of the White House and began to experience many health
problems. Because of this fall, she had to have minor surgery
on her legs. Later on, after discovering that she had
Brights disease, life began to take a toll on her. On August 6,
1914, she died in the White House, at the age of fifty-four.
Mrs. Ellen (Axson) Wilson was buried at the Myrtle Hill
Cemetery, in Rome, Ga.
*Felicia Davis is a student at Floyd
College in the summer writing class of Pamela Kinchloe, July