Carter Glass to Woodrow Wilson


Carter Glass to Woodrow Wilson


Glass, Carter, 1858-1946




1913 June 18


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


Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924--Correspondence




My dear Mr. President

At the risk of being regarded pertinacious I am going to ask if you will not consider the advisability of modifying somewhat your view of bank representation on the proposed Federal Reserve Board. The matter has given me much concern, and more than ever I am convinced that it will be a grave mistake to alter so radically the feature of the bill indicated. Last night when I came back to my hotel I found Mr. Bulkley waiting and he sat with me until past one o’clock this morning. Knowing that he was so earnestly for a government note issue and for government control, I imagined he would be delighted with the suggested alteration. I told him of the change without first indicating my own view and much to my astonishment—and gratification—he instantly and vigorously protested, saying he had regarded the extent to which we had already put the government in control, together with the tremendous power of the Board, as the real weakness of the bill. He also said we could not escape the charge of exposing the banking business of the country to political control. As indicated to you last night, Mr. Bulkley is a strong man of the committee with whom we must reckon; hence his view of this proposed alteration fully confirms my belief that it would prove an almost irretrievable mistake to leave the banks without representation on the Central Board. You will note that the bill requires the three members selected by the banks to sever all bank connections before qualifying. Might it not be well at least to take Mr. McAdoo’s suggestion and have the President select these men from a list proposed by the banks?

With high esteem,
Sincerely yours,

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Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924



Glass, Carter, 1858-1946, “Carter Glass to Woodrow Wilson,” 1913 June 18, WWP17836, First Year Wilson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.