Hardly Root

Title

Creator

Identifier

WWP25487

Description

If President Wilson is going to pick any Republican to go to France, it should be McCall of Massachusetts.

Source

Library of Congress, Woodrow Wilson Papers

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Contributor

Relation

WWP25485
WWP25486
WWP25488

Language

English

Provenance

Document scan was taken from Library of Congress microfilm reel of the Wilson Papers. WWPL volunteers transcribed the text.

Text

Hardly Root

One of our brethren of the press blazens forth the name of Elihu Root as “leading all the rest” in consideration for a member of the coming peace council. Hardly, and for two reasons.

Mr. Root had his chance when he was named by President Wilson to head the commission to attempt to obtain order and common sense in Russia. It may be no disparagement of him that he failed, but fail he did and utterly. He made no impression whatever upon the situation over there. No man with a record of failure in a task like that is eligible for the great work in Europe.

Again, the President is not at all likely, nor should he justly be expected, to name a man for the peace table who has not been in sympathy with him, his aims and his principles for peace. Elihu Root has not been in such sympathy.

If a man from the Republican party is to be chosen by Mr. Wilson--and presume that one may be--there is no Republican in the country who by training, by intellect, by wisdom and by sympathy with the momentous work of the administration so completely fills specifications as does Samuel W. McCall, Governor of Massachusetts, statesman and patriot.

Original Format

Newspaper article

Files

http://resources.presidentwilson.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/WWI1421B.pdf

Collection

Citation

Boston Post, “Hardly Root,” 1918 November, WWP25487, World War I Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.