Margaret Woodrow Wilson

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Margaret Wilson
Margaret Woodrow Wilson 1912.jpg
First Lady of the United States
In office
August 6, 1914 – December 18, 1915
Preceded by Ellen Axson Wilson
Succeeded by Edith Wilson
Personal details
Born Margaret Woodrow Wilson
(1886-04-16)April 16, 1886
Gainesville, Georgia, U.S.
Died February 12, 1944(1944-02-12) (aged 57)
Pondicherry, French India
Nationality American
Relations 1st daughter of President Woodrow Wilson and Ellen Louise Axson

Margaret Woodrow Wilson (April 16, 1886 – February 12, 1944) was a daughter of US President Woodrow Wilson and Ellen Louise Axson. Wilson had two sisters, Jessie W. Wilson and Eleanor R. Wilson. After her mother's death in 1914 she served as the White House hostess, the title later known as First Lady, until Wilson's second marriage in 1915.


Wilson sang and made several recordings around 1918. About 1940 she traveled to the ashram of Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry, French India, where she chose to stay for the rest of her life; four years later she died there from uremia.[1] She was later known in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram as 'Nistha'. Sri Aurobindo gave her this name after she became a member of the Ashram; the word is Sanskrit for "sincerity." She and scholar Joseph Campbell edited the English translation of the classical work on the Hindu mystic, Sri Ramakrishna, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna by Swami Nikhilananda, which was published in 1942, by Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, New York.[2]

In her father's last will, he left her an annuity of $2,500 annually as long as that amount did not exceed one-third of the annual income of his estate.[3]


  1. "Woodrow Wilson Daughter Dead". The Milwaukee Sentinel. February 14, 1944. p. 1. Retrieved 29 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Nikhilananda, Swami (1942). "Preface". The Gospel of Ramakrishna. Chennai: Sri Ramakrishna Math.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Wills of the U.S. Presidents, edited by Herbert R Collins and David B Weaver (New York: Communication Channels Inc., 1976) p. 176, ISBN 0-916164-01-2.

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