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Ellen Wilson

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     challenging words:    education, committee, born, fell, birth, however, lived, woman, pass, daughter, died, opinion, degree, important, living, common
     content words:    Ellen Axson, New York City, Woodrow Wilson, Princeton University, New Jersey, White House


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Ellen Wilson
By Meg Leonard
  

1     Ellen Axson was born in Georgia in 1860. Ellen's parents believed that education was as important for girls as it was for boys. This was not a common opinion at the time. Ellen studied German and French. She studied art in New York City. Ellen met Woodrow Wilson. They fell deeply in love. However, they had to wait to get married. Woodrow had to finish his graduate degree. After he was done with this degree, he took a job as a professor. Woodrow and Ellen could finally get married. They had three daughters. Woodrow became president of Princeton University and governor of New Jersey. Woodrow and Ellen depended on each other. Ellen always believed a woman could take care of her family and have interests of her own. In 1912, Ellen had a one-woman art show. She sold 25 of her paintings. Woodrow was elected president the same year. As first lady, Ellen visited the slums of Washington, D.C. She was upset by the awful living conditions for African-Americans living there. She served on a committee that worked to .....
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