WILSON, WOODROW. 1856-1924. An archive of correspondence to the Dodge family, including

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WILSON, WOODROW. 1856-1924.
An archive of correspondence to the Dodge family, including

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WILSON, WOODROW. 1856-1924.
An archive of correspondence to the Dodge family, including 8 Typed Letters Signed and one Autograph Letter Signed ("Woodrow Wilson") mostly to Cleveland H. Dodge ("My dear Cleve"), 15 pp total, various letterheads, including 3 from the White House, and one from the American Commission to Negotiate Peace, Washington, DC, and Paris, March 23, 1903, to January 24, 1924, pencil notations to upper left hand corner, generally clean;
WITH: 14 additional Typed and Autograph Notes Signed from Wilson's wives Ellen A. Wilson and Edith Bolling Wilson, his daughters Margaret and Jessie Woodrow Wilson, and Harold Dodds, Joseph Tumulty, and Edward House, 22 pp, various places and dates.

"It is heart-breaking to be so near as we are to a fool of a President for, though he is often ridiculous, there is nothing in his conduct that the country can laugh at with the slightest degree of enjoyment, and we seem to be passing through an endless desert."
— Woodrow Wilson on Warren Harding, August 1922.

Woodrow Wilson and Cleveland H. Dodge attended Princeton University together, graduating together in 1879, and Dodge would go on to fund Wilson's campaigns for President, as well as other projects throughout his life. According to the New York Times, Dodge was the "only early friend of President Wilson who remained his close friend to the end." At the beginning of World War I, Wilson wrote to Dodge, "I know of no other friend like you ... Thank God that it is so, and that there is room somewhere for perfect trust." The Presidential correspondence touches on topics such as John R. Mott's declining the Chinese ambassadorship, the "perplexing Mexican business" [of 1913], and Wilson's politely declining a message to the American Committee for the Independence of Armenia during the Paris Peace negotiations of World War I. The communication is an interesting look at soft power as the friendship between two men gets translated to policy. Also of interest, Wilson writes to Dodge a candid appraisal of his successor, Warren G. Harding.


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