In June 1888, future president of the United States Woodrow Wilson leaves Bryn Mawr to accept a professorship at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. This move causes controversy as Wilson must break his contract with Bryn Mawr in order to teach at Wesleyan. Wilson marks the beginning of a new era at the university as its first non-Methodist professor.
During his time there, Wilson joins the History and Political Economy department and publishes his book The State: Elements of Historical and Practical Politics. In addition to his academic life at Wesleyan, he coaches the football team and starts Wesleyan’s debate team.
In 1890, Princeton University offers Wilson a faculty position that pays $500 more than his position at Wesleyan and he leaves to teach at Princeton.