Title: Oil Portrait of Woodrow Wilson
Description: President Wilson lived and worked at the White House during World War I. During the war the White House was heavily guarded and closed to visitors. Secret Service agents surrounded the president constantly, even while he played golf, sailed on the Potomac, or watched movies in the East Room. When the war ended on November 11, 1918, Wilson campaigned for America’s participation in the League of Nations. A serious stroke resulted from the stress. In 1920, President Wilson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his peacemaking efforts. This portrait captures the scholarly president, complete with a book in hand and spectacles.
Creator: F. Graham Cootes
Credit: White House Historical Association (White House Collection)