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ILLUSTRATIONS

SIGNING THE PEACE TREATY. JUNE 28.
1919

Photographed before completion from the
painting by John C. Johansen, N.A. By
courtesy of the National Art Committee. Frontispiece

WOODROW WILSON

From a photograph. Facing page 16

EDWARD MANDELL HOUSE

From an etching in possession of the author." "i8

GENERAL PERSHING

Photographed before completion from the
painting by Douglas Volk, N.A. By cour-
tesy of the National Art Committee. ""128

HERBERT HOOVER

From the painting by Edmund C. Tarbell,
N.A. By courtesy of the National Art
Committee. ""160

ADMIRAL SIMS

From the painting by Irving R. Wiles, N.A.

By courtesy of the National Art Committee." "208

WOODROW WILSON AND THE WORLD WAR

CHAPTER I

WILSON THE EXECUTIVE

When, on March 4,1913, Woodrow Wilson entered the White House, the first Democratic president elected in twenty years, no one could have guessed the importance of the r61e which he was destined to play. While business men and industrial leaders bewailed the mischance that had brought into power a man whose attitude towards vested interests was reputed none too friendly, they looked upon him as a temporary inconvenience. Nor did the increasingly large body of independent voters, disgusted by the "stand-pattism" of the Republican machine, regard Wilson much more seriously; rather did they place their confidence in a reinvigoration of the Grand Old Party through the

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