Rome in Floyd County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ellen Axson Wilson
Ellen was educated at the Rome Female Academy, where she studied art, winning an international award.
Ellen and Woodrow met in her father's church and were married in Savannah in 1885. She helped him in his early career as a professor and college president, while rearing their three daughters and pursuing her interest in art.
Mrs. Wilson later studied with the plein-air American Impressionists in Old Lyme, Connecticut. She exhibited and sold her paintings, donating her earnings to the Berry Schools.
She became active in social welfare when Woodrow Wilson was governor of New Jersey (1910-1912).
After Woodrow Wilson was elected President, she lobbied for urban renewal in Washington, DC, the first First Lady to work for a cause outside of the White House that was not her husband's.
Her activism set an example for the young Eleanor Roosevelt, whose husband,
She died in the White House on August 6, 1914, at the outbreak of World War I. She is buried beside her parents in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome, Georgia.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Women. A significant historical date for this entry is August 6, 1914.
Location. 34° 15.297′ N, 85° 10.395′ W. Marker is in Rome, Georgia, in Floyd County. Marker can be reached from Tribune Street. Marker is on the Downtown Riverfront Trail behind the Forum River Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Tribune Street, Rome GA 30161, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Opera Alley (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Woman Who Saved Football in Georgia (about 500 feet away); Floyd County (about 800 feet away); The Old Town Clock (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Town Clock Museum (approx. ¼ mile away); The Noble Brothers Foundry (approx. ¼ mile away); Floyd County World War I Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
Also see . . . Ellen Wilson. In-depth biography by the National First Ladies Library. (Submitted on April 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.