HOUSE SESSION MARKED BY CHARGES OF MEMBERS RECEIVING GERMAN MONEY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago, September 24, 1917, "a tumultuous...session" of the United States House of Representatives followed the exposure of Count Johann von Bernstorff's* scheme to spend $50,000 "to influence the...Congress to prevent war with Germany."
Representatives Joseph Fordney (R-MI) and Patrick D. Norton (R-ND) demanded an investigation of the charge that several members of Congress had "acted suspiciously and that German money (had been) paid out..."
The Chicago Daily Tribune reported that the Wilson administration had found no evidence to support the charges.
*Johann Heinrich von Bernstorff (1862-1939) was born in London the son of the Foreign Minister of Prussia. After growing up in England, he joined the Prussian Army & then was elected to the Reichstag.
JHVB served as German ambassador to the United States from 1908 to 1917. He returned home after President Wilson severed diplomatic relations with Germany in February 1917.
"German Naval Man Told Dewey Plan To Whip U.S.", by Arthur Sears Henning, Chicago Daily Tribune, September 25, 1917.