William Gibbs McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson




William G. McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson asking him to pass along information about a soldier he believes should be pardoned by Woodrow Wilson.


Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, Virginia


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My dear Grayson

I have a letter from a railroad conductor at Denton, Texas, in which he says “I am enclosing you a little of a paper which I wish you would read and send to the President and ask him to investigate as I have heard it said by some Republicans that this soldier boy was a poor man and could not get a pardon. I hope you will send this to Mr. Wilson for I believe he has a good heart.” From this clipping it seems that Geo. E. Howard served in Europe for two years and fought gallantly as a member of the 90th Division. He carries the wound marks of 30 German bullets on his body. He is now sent to the penitentiary for a violation of the Mann White Slave Act which occurred before he went to Europe.

In the circumstances it would seem to me that a pardon might well be granted to this gallant man. It seems that he went over seas to atone for his offense.


Admiral Cary T. Grayson,The White House,Washington, D.

C.WGM-V.P.S. I am dictating this before leaving for the South and have asked my Secretary to sign it.

Cordially yours,

WG McAdoo

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McAdoo, W. G. (William Gibbs), 1863-1941, “William Gibbs McAdoo to Cary T. Grayson,” 1920 January 15, WWP16154, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.