Auction of White House Sheep Wool




Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library




President and Mrs. Wilson announced today before leaving for New York that they wished to add to the second Red Cross War Fund by having sold at auction throughout the United States the wool which was recently clipped from the flock of sheep which had been feeding on the White House lawn.

The sheep which were first pastured on the lawn about three weeks ago, were sheared this week, the clipping netting approximately ninety pounds of wool. The President and Mrs. Wilson expressed the wish to the officials of the American Red Cross that this wool be divided into packages of about two pounds each, a package to be sent to each State for auction, the proceeds to go into the second war fund. This wish will be complied with and it is probable that the Governors of the States will be asked to act as auctioneers. Owing to the shortness of the time, it will be necessary to receive bids by wire.

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Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, “Auction of White House Sheep Wool,” 1918 May 17, WWP20644, Woodrow Wilson Press Statements, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.