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In Memorial: Presidential Monuments Dedicated to Woodrow Wilson

By    |   Monday, 11 May 2015 11:49 AM

Woodrow Wilson is remembered as a unifier on the world stage. The 28th president was forced to lead the country through World War I. According to the White House, he started his tenure with a neutral position on the war in Europe. When the United States entered the war, Wilson said it was necessary to "make the world safe for democracy."

Wilson's contribution to saving Europe is memorialized in a large spherical statue in Geneva, Switzerland. The large "Celestial Sphere" is over four meters in diameter. The memorial includes the depictions of the constellations. It rests on the back of four tortoises. It is placed over small pool of water and was originally designed to rotate.

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The Geneva memorial was created by the American sculptor, Paul Manship, who was renowned for his work as an "art deco" style. He also created the "Prometheus Fountain" at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

The sphere is not in good repair and efforts are underway to raise money to fix it.

Wilson is considered the founding father of the League of Nations. He died in 1924, three years after leaving the White House. He is buried in the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The president's birthplace in Staunton, Virginia, is now the site of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. The 1840s Greek Revival house was the home of Wilson's father, who was the pastor of the Staunton Presbyterian Church when Wilson was born.

The house was the "manse" of the church — the home owned for residence of the pastor. When it was dedicated as a presidential memorial in 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt called the Woodrow Wilson birthplace a "shrine to freedom."

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A bridge is also named in memoriam to the president. The Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge crosses the Potomac River between the cities of Alexandria, Virginia, and Oxon Hill, Maryland. It was completed in 1956, the year the Federal Highway Administration credits with being the centennial year of Wilson's birth — the reason the bridge was named after the president.

Wilson can also be found peering out of the $100,000 bill. The bill was never actually in general circulation, but was used as a "gold certificate" for transactions between Federal Reserve banks in the 1930s. Money collectors are not allowed to hold the bill. Wilson created the Federal Reserve in 1913.

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Memorial exhibit is housed in Washington, D.C., inside the Wilson Center. The free exhibit outlines the importance of the president's life and time in office.

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