Thomas Dixon Jr. to Woodrow Wilson

Identifier

WWP17898

Source

Wilson Papers, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Washington, District of Columbia

Text

Dear Mr President:—

I am heartsick over the announcement that you have appointed a Negro to boss white girls as Register of the Treasury. Please let me as one of your best friends utter my passionate protest. Unless you can withdraw his name the South can never forgive this. We have travelled many leagues from the Negro Equality ideas in vogue when Cleveland, a Democratic President did this thing. The establishment of Negro men over white women employees of the Treasury Dept. has in the minds of many thoughtful men & women long been a serious offense against the cleanness of our social life. I have confidently hoped that you would purge Washington of this iniquity.

I sincerely hope you can withdraw the appointment.

Sincerely,
Thomas Dixon

I have no axe to grind. I am only a citizen & your friend. [This note is written vertically from bottom to top in the left margin of the second page.]

Original Format

Letter

Files

http://resources.presidentwilson.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Temp00412.pdf

Citation

Dixon, Thomas, Jr., 1864-1946, “Thomas Dixon Jr. to Woodrow Wilson,” 1913 July 27, WWP17898, First Year Wilson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.