President Wilson collapses from a stroke

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Historical Context Note


On the 25th of September, 1919 President Woodrow Wilson (28th December, 1856 - 3rd February, 1924) collapsed in Pueblo, Colorado. He was on a grueling public speaking tour in an attempt to persuade the public to back the League of Nations, travelling by train and stopping frequently to make speeches. On returning to the White House to recover he suffered a second serious stroke on the 2nd of October, and this left him paralyzed on his left side and blind in his left eye. Wilson's condition was not only kept hidden from the public, but from members of the Government too.

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