Friday, July 6, 2012

Woodrow Wilson

Mr Wilson at the cathedral. #BCinDC

Buried: Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC
Died: February 3, 1924

See him: He kept us out of war, and then when he got us into "the war to end all wars," he dreamed up the League of Nations to try to prevent wars. After a record like that, it's hard to believe that Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, is outshone on a daily basis by a gargoyle of Darth Vader, but it's true - my visit to National Cathedral had a lot of gargoyle hunters checking out the Dark Lord of the Sith on the back side of the West Tower, and a few people stopping inside to say, "so that's Woodrow Wilson in there. Huh."

President Wilson's final resting place is on the side of the main space inside the Cathedral; go down the long corridor on the right hand side and you'll find him about halfway down. Visitors are welcome to wander around even if there's a church service going on, just keep your voice and camera down.

Also see: Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, where he and Mrs. Wilson lived after leaving the White House.

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