Monday, October 15, 2012

The Woodrow Wilson Road in Kentucky: Centre College

I must to wondering about why a Kentucky Road would be named for Woodrow Wilson.  I don't know  a real lot about the man, but I don't think he had much of anything to do with the state.  So, started doing some research.

I didn't come up with a definitive answer, but most likely it had to do with a comment Wilson made while on the faculty of Princeton University.  He joined the staff in 1890 and was upset that Princeton did not produce more notable men.  A comment is attributed to him where he said, "There's a little  college down in Kentucky which in sixty years has graduated more men who have acquired prominence and fame than has Princeton in her 150 years."

He was referring to Centre College, located in Danville, Kentucky, about 35 miles south of Lexington.  Founded in 1819, this liberal arts school today has 1,215 students.  Included in its alumni are two vice presidents, one chief justice, thirteen U.S. senators, forty-three U.S. representatives and eleven governors.

And, then, Thursday, I was watching some of the vice-presidential debate and it took place at this very same little school.  So, within a week, I heard about this school that I'd never heard of before, twice.

Maybe Woodrow Knew What He Was Talking About.  --RoadDog

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