PRESIDENT SPENDS ENTIRE DAY ON WAR MESSAGE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 100 years ago today, April 1, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson "spent almost the entire day in his study perfecting (his) war message."
In a front page story in The Chicago Daily Tribune of April 2, 1917, Arthur Sears Henning wrote...
"War with Germany is now the purpose which dominates the executive and legislative branches of the government" and "war measures have become the question of paramount importance."
Mr. Henning wrote that it was "universally accepted" that the President would deliver a message of war to a joint session of the Congress of the United States and that the Congress would "endorse his recommendations by an overwhelming majority."
Henning reported that a war declaration had been put together by Democratic members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the last House of Representatives. The committee had used the declaration of war against Mexico (1846) as their model.
The front page story also indicated that while the President had not made a decision on compulsory military service, he was "disposed to raise an army by increasing the regular army and the National Guard to war strength."
"War Resolution Ready," by Arthur Sears Henning, The Chicago Daily Tribune, April 2, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/