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October 1

1900 Woodrow Wilson's essay "Democracy and Efficiency” is written and was printed in the Atlantic Monthly of March 1901.

1879 Woodrow Wilson writes a political essay “Congressional Government."

October 2

1879 Woodrow Wilson enters the University of Virginia.

October 3

1913 President Wilson signs the Underwood-Simmons Tariff Act which reduced the average rate of duty to 26.7%. It also provided for a graduated income tax on incomes above $20, 000.

1917 President Wilson signs the War Revenue Act which helped to increase the income tax and imposed an excess profits tax on business earnings of corporations and individuals.

October 5

1916 President Wilson delivers two addresses for his campaign in Omaha, Nebraska.

October 6

1917 Act of 1917 permitted each man in service to take out a life insurance policy to the amount of $10,000.

1918 Germany a̶n̶d̶ ̶A̶u̶s̶t̶r̶i̶a̶ request President Wilson to take steps for the restoration of Peace.

October 7

1915 President Wilson announces his engagement to Edith Bolling Galt.

1918 Austria requests that President Wilson take steps for the restoration of peace.

October 8

1918 President Wilson replies to Germany’s peace proposal. He asks whether the Imperial German Government accepts the terms laid down by the President in his address to the Congress of the United States on the 8th of January.  

October 9

1880 Woodrow Wilson was elected president of the Jefferson Society.

October 11

1893 Woodrow Wilson publishes "An Old Master and other Political Essays.”

October 12

1916 President Wilson delivers a campaign address at Indianapolis, Indiana.

1917 President Wilson issues a proclamation appointing Wednesday, the 24th of October, as Liberty Day, and urging and advising “the people to assemble in their respective communities and pledge to one another and to the Government that represents them the fullest measure of financial support. "

1918 The Imperial German Government replies that they will accept the terms laid down by President Wilson in his address of January 8th.   

October 13

1904 Woodrow Wilson delivers an address on Christian Education "The Young People and the church" at a convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

October 14

1918 President Wilson replies to the German note of October 12, 1918. He advises that the process of evacuation and the conditions of an armistice are matters which must be left up to the military advisers of the United States and the Allied Governments.

October 15

1914 The Clayton- Antitrust Act signed by President Wilson which prohibited price discrimination, exclusive selling or leasing contracts, intercorporate stockholdings and interlocking directorates in large corporations. It sought to restrict the use of the injunction in labor difficulties, and exempted labor, agriculture, and horticultural organizations from the operation of the anti-trust laws.

1897 Woodrow Wilson is a member of the American Philosophical Society.

October 17

1907 The quad plan introduced by President Woodrow Wilson failed.in a meeting of the College trustees.

October 18

1918 President Wilson replies to a note from the Austro-Hungarian Government dated October 7, 1918. The Czecho-Slovaks and Jugo-Slavs must decide among themselves what action must be taken for peace against the Austro-Hungarian Empire before peace can be had.

October 19

1915 President Wilson recognizes Carranza Government in Mexico. Issues a proclamation prohibiting the exportation of arms or munitions of war to Mexico except in the case of the Carranza Government.

1917 President Wilson issues a proclamation appointing “October 28th, being the last Sunday of the present month, as a day of supplication and prayer for all the people of the nation…”

1882 Woodrow Wilson was admitted to practice in the state courts of Georgia.

October 20

1918 The German Foreign Minister replies to the note of October 14, 1918. They agree to the evacuation and conditions of an armistice to be set up by the military advisers. The German Government has been disbanded and a new representative one is set up according to the wishes of the President.

October 21

1896 Woodrow Wilson delivers an oration called “Princeton in the Nation’s Service,” on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the College of New Jersey, later named Princeton University.

1915 President Wilson sends a letter to Ambassador Page in London denouncing as illegal the British blockade of neutral ports in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Holland against the claims that the goods were destined to Germany.

1916 President Wilson delivers an address to three thousand farmers at Shadow Lawn, New Jersey.

1897 Woodrow Wilson makes a lecture on "Burke, the Interpreter of English Liberty" before the New-Century Club of Wilmington, Del.

October 22

1894 "Political Liberty" an address to the Contemporary Club of Bridgeport, Connecticut by Woodrow Wilson,

October 23

1910 Woodrow Wilson resigns as President of Princeton.

1918 President Wilson replies to the German note at October 20, 1918. Having received the word that the German Government accepts the terms of peace the President has transmitted his correspondence with the present German authorities to the governments with which the United States Government is associated as a belligerent.

1901 Woodrow Wilson is conferred an Litt D Degree at Yale University at their Bicentennial.

October 25

1902 Woodrow Wilson is inaugurated as President of Princeton University and delivers a memorable address “Princeton for the Nation's Service."

1913 President Wilson delivers an address at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania on College being the beginning of honor and of principle.

1913 President Wilson delivers an address at the celebration of the restoration of Congress Hall, in Philadelphia.

1918 President Wilson issues a statement to the American people to return a Democratic majority to the Senate and the House of Representatives. 

October 26

1916 President Wilson delivers an address at Cincinnati, Ohio. He asks the crowd if they know what started the present war, and if they did to publish it because nobody else knew.

October 27

1919 President Wilson vetoes the Volstead Act which was "to prohibit intoxicating beverages and to regulate the manufacture, production, use and sale of high proof spirits for other than beverage purposes,” However the House of Representatives passed the bill over Wilson's veto and later the Senate passed it also.

1913 President Wilson in a speech in Mobile, Alabama he gives a renewed promise of nonintervention in Latin American Affairs.

1392 An essay “The True American Spirit” is written. This is the spirit to choose a choice, that is independently.

October 28

1919 The National Prohibition Act, also known as the Volstead Act. It was passed over President Wilson’s veto in pursuance of the 18th amendment . It provided regulations or the manufacture sale of alcohol for industrial, medicinal, and sacramental purposes.

1917 President Wilson issues an appeal to the public for food conservation.

1898 Woodrow Wilson begins a series of lectures on Constitutional Government. This one was entitled “What is Constitutional Government?”

October 29

1918 Austria- Hungary replies to the President’s note of October 18, 1918. They are ready to accept the terms that the President laid down in this note.

1898 A lecture “Political Liberty: Its Nature and Exercise” was delivered by Woodrow Wilson as part of his series on Constitutional Government.

1875 Woodrow Wilson becomes a member of the Old Whig Society, a debating club begun by James Madison.

October 30

1916 President Wilson issues publicly a denial of Senator Lodge's charge that a postscript or amendment of the Lusitania note was ever written or contemplated by him "except such changes as I myself inserted which strengthened and emphasized the protest."

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