Adam E. Patterson to Woodrow Wilson


Adam E. Patterson to Woodrow Wilson


Patterson, Adam E.




1913 July 30


Adam E. Patterson writes to Woodrow Wilson asking that his name be withdrawn as the nomination for Register of the Treasury.


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


Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924--Correspondence


Washington, DC
July 30th, 1913.

To Hon. Woodrow Wilson,
President of the United States.
My Dear Sir:

In view of recent developments caused by my name having been submitted to the United States Senate for confirmation as Register of the Treasury, I beg to request that you withdraw my nomination for that position. I consider that you have paid me a high tribute and an honor well worth cherishing in appointing me Register of the United States Treasury, for which I heartily thank you. I had hoped that the nomination and confirmation would be made without protest. This hope, it seems, was unfounded.
I feel like our Savior must have felt when he was handed the bitter cut, it meant life and death. Yet I take it and cheerfully stiffle my personal ambitions and surrender back to you, Mr. President the appointment of Register of the United States Treasury, the prize for which I have striven all my life.
I begun my political career when a very young man in Colorado by speaking throughout that state in the interest of the present Secretary of State, in 1896, and since that time have continued steadfastly in the Democratic faith for which I am justly proud. I will be found working for the supremacy of the Democratic party in the future as I have in the past, and, in the future as in the past, without expectation of remuneration or reward.
I refuse to embarrass your administration, Mr. President, by insisting upon my confirmation, and I also believe it is best for my race that I withdraw my name from further consideration for this position. I am anxious that the spirit of harmony and good–will exist between the two races, and by taking this step I believe it will go far towards bring about a more friendly racial feeling

Again thanking you for the honor of the appointment,
and assuring you of my future loyalty to the Democratic Party,
AE Patterson
Address RFD No 2.
Spokane, Wash.

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Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924



Patterson, Adam E., “Adam E. Patterson to Woodrow Wilson,” 1913 July 30, WWP17905, First Year Wilson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.