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Biographer Speaks at Woodrow Wilson President Library Luncheon

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Staunton honored two men Friday: one a president, the other an esteemed biographer. A. Scott Berg, author of the book “Wilson,” served as the keynote speaker at the annual luncheon for the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.

After researching Woodrow Wilson's life for more than 12 years, Berg finally had the president's latest biography published this past September. He believes Wilson was the most influential person of the 20th Century.

Friday’s event sold out with more than 200 guests gathered at the Stonewall Jackson Conference Center. Organizers say this was one of their most highly attended luncheons since the tradition began in the 1950s.

The library’s president, Don Wilson, says the purpose was to honor a great American leader, and he thinks this biography is one of the most intimate depictions of Wilson.

"It was really a blockbuster. I think it's going to have a great impact on people's understanding of Woodrow Wilson, but he's also a terrific speaker. And we're just thrilled to have him here. And obviously the community is thrilled to have him here too,” Wilson said.

Berg says, in his research, he found Wilson to be incredibly passionate and to also have a very religious side to him.

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