Margaret Woodrow Wilson Sayre

Margaret Woodrow Wilson Sayre

Presidential Daughter and Activist

Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre was a daughter of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and a political activist. “She worked vigorously for women's suffrage, social issues, and to promote her father's call for a League of Nations, and emerged as a force in the Massachusetts Democratic Party. ”… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Margaret Woodrow Wilson Sayre.


1887 Birth Born in 1887.


1911 24 Years Old Her fiance, a 1911 graduate of Harvard Law School, was the son of Robert Sayre, builder of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and organizer and general manager of the Bethlehem Iron Works. At the time of their engagement he was serving in the office of a district attorney. Their November 25, 1913 wedding was the thirteenth White House wedding, and the first since Alice Roosevelt and Nicholas Longworth were wed in 1906. … Read More
1913 26 Years Old In July 1913, four months after her father assumed the presidency, the Wilsons announced Jessie's engagement to Francis Bowes Sayre, Sr..
1915 28 Years Old On January 17, 1915, she gave birth in the White House to a son, Francis B. Sayre, Jr. (January 17, 1915 – October 3, 2008), who became a noted clergyman and was a social activist like his mother. … Read More


1919 32 Years Old In 1919 they were joined by Woodrow Wilson Sayre (February 22, 1919 – September 16, 2002). … Read More
1924 37 Years Old At the time of Woodrow Wilson's death in 1924, the couple was living in Siam (now Thailand) where Francis was working as an advisor on international law at the Royal Court of Siam.


1928 41 Years Old In 1928, she made the introductory speech for presidential nominee Al Smith at the Democratic National Convention.
1929 42 Years Old In 1929 her name was mentioned as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator, for the seat then held by Republican Frederick H. Gillett. … Read More
1933 46 Years Old Died in 1933.
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