Woodrow Wilson became a member of the Jefferson Society in 1879. He was elected Secretary later that year. Wilson’s minutes still remain in the possession of the Society. In 1880, he was elected President of the Hall. Wilson was best remembered for his chairing of a constitutional revision committee. He apparently tried to railroad his revisions through the Society, and he succeeded. The Constitution of 1881 altered parliamentary procedure in the Society. Until that time, Jefferson’s Manual had been the authority for procedure; Wilson’s constitution prescribed the use of Robert’s Rules of Order, only five years after it had first been published.
Wilson’s wife, Edith Bolling Wilson, was voted into honorary membership by the Society. Mrs. Wilson was the first female honorary member of the Society.