Cary T. Grayson Diary


Cary T. Grayson Diary


Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938




1919 March 6


Woodrow Wilson comments on the speech William Howard Taft delivered at the Metropolitan Opera House, noting his similarity to the League of Nations and his viability as a future presidential candidate.


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




The President spent the entire day resting. In the evening he went to the movies. He looked very much refreshed as the result of the freedom from toil.

The President commented on the admirable speech which Mr. Taft delivered at the Metropolitan Opera House . He said that he (the President) omitted to call attention in his speech to the fact that Mr. Taft in making a speech in New Jersey when the President was Governor of New Jersey had embodied many of the points that are in the League of Nations. He wanted to give him credit for it but forgot to do so. He said that if the League of Nations proved to be a success, which he firmly believed it would be, and there was a division in the Republicans over it, he believed Mr. Taft would be nominated for President in and that it would be due him. He further said that he would be hard to beat, because all the money interests would rally to his support, especially Wall Street and possibly the German-Americans and the dissatisfied Irish-Americans. Of course, if it became a defined issue that the German-Americans and the Irish-Americans were back of him that would defeat any candidate they favored. If Mr. Taft should allow Wall Street to control him, he feared that it might produce a revolution.

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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson Diary,” 1919 March 6, WWP17096, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.