The True Story of Woodrow Wilson

The True Story of Woodrow Wilson

The True Story of Woodrow Wilson

The True Story of Woodrow Wilson

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With respect to the major incidents in this book, the author follows the practice of modern journalism in giving first-hand information, based upon personal inquiry and observation over a period of eighteen years, and extends his thanks to the many persons who have furnished corroborative data but who, for reasons which must be respected, prefer at present to remain unnamed.

Every one of the principals mentioned in the story of Woodrow Wilson's public career was personally known to the author with whom almost all of them discussed, at one time or another, the events described. In those episodes in which only two or three persons were present, the author has had the benefit of the statements they made to others immediately thereafter. The information on controversial points has been checked from both sides.

Most of the material contained in this book was gathered at the time the events mentioned were happening and in the very atmosphere of their occurrence. The author had been engaged in newspaper work for three years when he was appointed the correspondent of The Associated Press at Princeton, New Jersey, serving from 1906 to 1910--four eventful years which embraced the reporting of the last two years of Grover Cleveland's residence there and his death, and the famous Graduate School controversy which led to Woodrow Wilson's withdrawal from the University to accept the nomination for Governor of New Jersey. In 1910, the author joined the Washington staff of The Associated Press and, upon the nomination of Mr. Wilson for the Presidency in 1912, was assigned to Sea Girt, New Jersey, to report the candidate's activities. From that time forward through the campaign and the pre-inauguration period at Bermuda, Trenton and Princeton, the author was writing daily dispatches for The Associated Press, and when Mr. Wilson was inaugurated, was assigned to . . .

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