Janet Woodrow Wilson
Janet Woodrow Wilson, known as Jessie, the mother of Woodrow Wilson, was born on 20 December 1826 in Carlisle, Great Britain. The daughter of a Scottish Presbyterian minister, Jessie Wilson immigrated with her family from England to Canada when she was nine years old. From there, the Woodrows traveled to Ohio, where Jessie met and married Joseph R. Wilson in 1849. She had four children with Joseph Wilson, two daughters and two sons. A proud woman, who was aware of her status as the wife and daughter of ministers, Jessie Wilson had a close relationship with her elder son, Thomas Woodrow. She inspired in him a strong loyalty to his family and a sense of uniqueness. After suffering a fall in November 1886, her health declined, and she died suddenly on 15 April 1888, in Clarksville, Tennessee.


Note: August Heckscher, Woodrow Wilson, (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1991), 7-9, 91-92; Edwin A. Weinstein, Woodrow Wilson: A Medical and Psychological Biography (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981), 4, 94.
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