Before he was President: Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921 teacher, football coach
Many considered book writer and college president Woodrow Wilson to be an intellectual, however, many people didn't realize he was dyslexic and didn't learn the alphabet until he was 9 and couldn't read until he was 11. He took teaching jobs at Bryn Mawr College (1885-1888) and Wesleyan University (1888-1890), where he coached the football team.


Warren Gamaliel Harding, 1921-1923 newspaper editor
Harding came from a newspaper family, learning the ins and outs of his fatherís business beginning when he was 10 years old. He studied the newspaper trade in college and, after dabbling in teaching, insurance and the law, dove into the business full time. With partners, he cobbled together $300.00 to buy the Marion Daily Star in Ohio. He owned the paper outright by the time he was 21.Owning a business wore Harding down, but he refueled at a local Kellogg Brothers sanitarium, (owned by John Harvey Kellogg and his brother, W. K. Kellogg, (who later created corn flakes). He pursued his business aggressively. In 1923, the year he died, Harding sold his paper for $550,000. In todayís dollars, thatís about $7 million. Source


Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929 toymaker
Only once was Calvin ever in trouble in school. Perhaps out of sympathy for the other boys who were in trouble, Calvin cut the switch, used for whipping the bad boys, just enough so it would immediately break the next time it was used for punishment! When Calvin was 13 he passed a qualification test that would allow him to be a teacher, however, his father sent him to Black River Academy to continue his education.

The academy didn't charge local residents any tuition, however, since Calvin was from out of town he had to pay 50 cents per week to take all of the basic courses. One semester later when he signed up for more difficult courses he was required to pay 60 cents per week. Perhaps to defray the costs of his education he took a part-time weekend job making doll carriages at the Ludlow Toy Manufacturing Company.


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