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Woodrow Wilson’s Year in Atlanta


During his second year at UVA’s law school, Woodrow Wilson dropped out and moved to Atlanta. Explaining in a letter he wrote: “After innumerable hesitations as to a place of settlement, I have at length fixed upon Atlanta, Georgia. It more than any other southern city offers all the advantages of business activity and enterprise.”

During his year in Atlanta, Wilson partnered with former classmate Edward Ireland Renick, lived on Peachtree Street and attended the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.

Discouraged by the lack of work, the future U.S. president eventually left in 1883 to attend Johns Hopkins University.

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