Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the 28th president of the United States of America. Wilson was born on December 28, 1856 in Staunton, Virginia. The President's father was a Presbyterian minister who during the civil war was a Pastor in Augusta, Georgia. During the Reconstruction after the Civil War his father was a professor in the destroyed city of Columbia, South Carolina. Wilson was raised in a pious and academic household. He had spent one year at Davidson College in North Carolina and three years at Princeton University.
After finishing his three years at Princeton in 1879, he received his baccalaureate degree. Wilson then went on to the Law School of the University of Virginia and graduated. Following that he practiced law for one year in Atlanta Georgia, but it was feeble practice. After Wilson had ended his practice of law in Atlanta he turned to the academic world and found his proper place at Princeton. The majority of his published work was on the United States government and history on the Government in general. Wilson wrote a biography of George Washington it was described as overly laudatory. Wilson was a political scientist who urged fundamental reforms in the American system of government. He argued in his first book, Congressional Government 1885, that instead of balance of powers envisaged by the Founders, American government was dominated by the legislative branch. He was particular to mention that the power was held by a few powerful congressional committees.