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Ellen and Woodrow Wilson

Ellen and Woodrow Wilson

Ellen Axson Wilson poses in 1910 with her husband, Woodrow Wilson, who served as governor of New Jersey in 1911-12. Beginning in 1905 Ellen Wilson, who studied art before her marriage, resumed painting and spent occasional summers at an art colony in Connecticut.

Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Roosevelt Motorcade

Roosevelt Motorcade

U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt waves from a motorcade with his daughter Anna (center) and wife, Eleanor, circa 1932.

Courtesy of Atlanta History Center.

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, both from Plains, discuss their experiences working together with Habitat for Humanity and the Carter Center in a book they coauthored in 1987, Everything to Gain: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life.

Courtesy of the Carter Center

Woodrow Wilson in 1871

Woodrow Wilson in 1871

In 1871, when Woodrow was about fifteen years old, the Wilson family moved from Augusta to Columbia, South Carolina. The previous year, in an early indication of his leadership abilities, the young Woodrow had been elected president of the Lightfoot Baseball Club.

Ellen Axson Wilson

Ellen Axson Wilson

Ellen Axson Wilson, pictured in 1912, became the first Georgian to serve as first lady of the United States when her husband, Woodrow Wilson, won the 1912 presidential election. Ellen Wilson was born in Savannah and grew up primarily in Rome, where her father was a Presbyterian minister.

Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson

Thomas Woodrow Wilson served as president of the United States from 1913 to 1921. This portrait was taken while Wilson was in office.

Roosevelt Family

Roosevelt Family

Eleanor Roosevelt (far left) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (center) stand aboard the battleship Indiana in 1934, accompanied by their daughter-in-law Betsey Cushing Roosevelt, their son James Roosevelt, and Franklin's mother, Sara Roosevelt.

Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Little White House

Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Little White House

In 1924, three years after Roosevelt contracted polio, he began visiting Warm Springs in Georgia. The springs were thought to be beneficial for polio victims. Roosevelt, who became the U.S. president in 1932, is pictured in front of the Little White House in Warm Springs.

Roosevelt, George, and Russell

Roosevelt, George, and Russell

Walter F. George (back seat, far right), one of Georgia's longest-serving members of the U.S. Senate (1922-57), drives through Warm Springs with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1933. U.S. senator Richard B. Russell Jr. rides in the front seat.

Roosevelt and Sibley

Roosevelt and Sibley

Eleanor Roosevelt (left) poses with Celestine Sibley, a journalist with the Atlanta Constitution for almost sixty years. Sibley reported on a wide range of topics, including front-page news, politics, and celebrities over the course of her career.

Courtesy of Sibley Fleming

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are pictured in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 1977, the day of his inauguration as U.S. president.

Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Hamilton Jordan and Jimmy Carter

Hamilton Jordan and Jimmy Carter

U.S. president Jimmy Carter (right) meets with Hamilton Jordan in the Oval Office of the White House in 1977. Jordan served as Carter's chief of staff from 1977 to 1980.

Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn Carter, wife of thirty-ninth U.S. president, Jimmy Carter, has forged a career as one of the nation's foremost advocates for mental health, earning recognition in 2001 as one of only three first ladies ever inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Courtesy of the Carter Center

Jean Childs Young and Rosalynn Carter

Jean Childs Young and Rosalynn Carter

Jean Childs Young (left), pictured with Rosalynn Carter in 1979, was appointed by U.S. president Jimmy Carter as chair of the 1979 International Year of the Child, a program celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The program also worked to raise awareness of children's rights and issues.

Courtesy of Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. Photograph by Rick Reinhard

Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson

Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson

The boyhood home of U.S. president Woodrow Wilson, who spent almost twelve years of his childhood (1858-70) in Augusta, has been preserved and restored.

Courtesy of Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson

Warm Springs Institute

Warm Springs Institute

In the 1930s polio sufferers flocked to Warm Springs, the site of U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt's treatment center. Georgia Hall is pictured.

Camp Dream, Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation

Camp Dream, Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation

Camp Dream was developed in the early 1990s as a place where disability camps could be held. It includes two lodges, a fully accessible swimming pool and boat dock, and paved nature trails along the base of Pine Mountain.

Courtesy of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation

Little White House

Little White House

From 1924 to 1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt maintained a residence in Warm Springs, known as Little White House. Since 1948 the house has been open to the public.

Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Carter Center

Carter Center

Founded by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, the center is governed by an independent board of trustees. The board oversees the center's assets and property and promotes its objectives and goals.

Courtesy of the Carter Center

Jimmy Carter Library and Museum

Jimmy Carter Library and Museum

Construction costs for the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum were $26 million, raised by donations from friends of Carter from around the world. The building was dedicated and the museum opened to the public on October 1, 1986.

Rosalynn Carter in Indonesia

Rosalynn Carter in Indonesia

Rosalynn Carter observes an election in Indonesia as part of her humanitarian work with the Carter Center.

Courtesy of the Carter Center