WILSON MAY STILL BE OPEN TO STAYING OUT OF WAR
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 100 years ago today, March 27, 1917, Senator Gilbert M. Hitchcock* of Nebraska, after speaking with Woodrow Wilson, said the President remained open-minded on the issue of war with Germany.
Senator Hitchcock said...
"I do not think (the President) has reached the final conclusion that we cannot keep out of war and preserve our honor."
In a headline story in The Chicago Daily Tribune of March 28th, Arthur Sears Henning reported that President Wilson's cabinet continued discussions during the day on the possibility of war with Germany. Mr. Henning said that the decision was made that "a reckoning with the representatives of the people assembled in congress" would be necessary to pursue that course.
President Wilson, Henning wrote, "saw the possibility of a stubborn fight against a resolution declaring a state of war with Germany." Senator Hitchcock advised the President to "invoke an affirmation of armed neutrality by congress instead of a declaration of war."
*Gilbert Monell Hitchcock (1859-1934) was born in Omaha, NE & earned his law degree at the University of Michigan in 1881. GMH was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1902 & the US Senate in 1911. He became Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1918, but was defeated for re-election in 1922 & 1930.
"Gilbert Monell Hitchcock," Encyclopedia.com, www.encyclopedia.com/
"Senate May Balk At War," by Arthur Sears Henning, The Chicago Daily Tribune, March 28, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/
Portrait of Gilbert Hitchcock