TR'S CALL FOR VOLUNTEER DIVISION IN FRANCE VOTED DOWN BY HOUSE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, April 27, 1917, former President Theodore Roosevelt's proposal to raise an American volunteer division for service "on the firing line" in France was voted down.
Mr. Roosevelt's proposal was intended "to supplement" the Army Bill by providing for the immediate use of some of the men who would be exempt (from military service).
The former president, who led the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War, hoped to see an American division fighting in France within a few weeks.
The Colonel's proposal, however, included in an amendment to the Army Bill, was defeated in the House Committee of the Whole by a vote of 170 to 106. The Senate was expected to take similar action the following day.
"House Refuses To Allow T.R. To Raise Troops," The Chicago Daily Tribune, April 28, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/