Following his death in 1924, President Woodrow Wilson was buried in Bethlehem Chapel in the crypt of the Cathedral; his tomb was moved to the nave in 1956, the centenary of his birth. His second wife, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, is buried with him.
The Very Rev. Francis Sayre Jr., who served as dean of the Cathedral from 1951 to 1978, was President Wilson’s grandson and was born in the White House.
The tomb and the surrounding bay include remembrances of President Wilson’s life and legacy. The tomb itself features a crusader’s sword to symbolize his valiant battle for peace following World War I. Three seals symbolize major points in his public career — as president of Princeton University, governor of New Jersey, and president of the United States.
The stained glass windows by Ervin Bossanyi depict war and peace through the lens of the Christian faith. The left lancet depicts peace as God gives us; the right lancet depicts peace as humanity destroys it, and the center lancet represents God’s forgiveness through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.