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His father was a Presbyterian minister
They moved around a lot
He hit the books really hard
Played sports, excelled at Princeton University

He hated being a lawyer so he changed careers to college professor
He published some books, gave some memorable lectures
His students loved his courses

Soon he was in charge at Princeton
and politics seemed the next logical step
After four years as governor of New Jersey
the timing was right to be President

Elected because TR and Taft divided
His progressive ideas on top
Promptly expanded the size of government to try to even the playing field

(Today) Hated by some
Loved by others

Only one to have a PHD
After World War fought hard for world peace

Helped Congress create the Federal Reserve and Federal Trade Commission
Pushed for stricter laws on trusts and the beginning of the income tax (Boo!)

Tried to keep the U.S. out of World War I
At least in his first term
But that changed in his second term after the Lusitania sinking and Zimmerman note

Things got nasty when they entered the war with the Espionage and Sedition Acts
People began to fear the government
and they wanted their freedoms back

The U.S. helped the Allied Powers win
and he had his 14 Points
He traveled far and wide to promote them
So much that he had a stroke

For a year he recovered
Meanwhile racist riots broke out all over the country
And Edith Wilson
Essentially became the first female President

Today hated by some
Loved by others
Hated by some
Loved by others

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from The Presidents of the United States of America (Volume 2), track released February 20, 2012
Matt Beat

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Electric Needle Room are an indie pop band based in Lawrence, Kansas. It is mostly a solo project for Matt Beat, but his brother, Steven Beat, also helps with percussion. Emcee DL, Bryan Poole, Dave Thomas, and Chris Huggard have all helped the band with live performances throughout its history. ... more

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