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Margaret Wilson

Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Gainesville, GA, United States
Death: February 12, 1944 (57)
Pondicherry, India
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Daughter of Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States and Ellen Louise Wilson, First Lady
Sister of Jessie Woodrow Sayre and Eleanor "Nellie" Randolph McAdoo

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About Margaret Wilson

Margaret Woodrow Wilson (16 April 1886, Gainesville, Georgia – 12 February 1944, Pondicherry, India) was the daughter of 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 First Lady of the United States until Woodrow's second marriage in 1915.

Wilson sang and made several recordings around 1918. In 1938 she travelled to the ashram of Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry, India where she chose to stay for the rest of her life; 6 years later she died there from a kidney infection. 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.

In his last will, he left her an annuity of $2500 annually as long as that amount did not exceed one-third of the annual income of his estate.

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April 16, 1886
Gainesville, GA, United States
February 12, 1944
Age 57
Pondicherry, India