Woodrow Wilson to Joseph P. Tumulty


Woodrow Wilson to Joseph P. Tumulty


Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924




1914 January 4


Woodrow Wilson writes to Joseph P. Tumulty about the partisan appointments that Cornelius Ford was making at the Public Printing Office.


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


Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924--Correspondence


My dear Tumulty

I have been deeply disturbed by what I have seen in the newspapers about the promotions and demotions that Ford has been making in the Public Printing Office. I am afraid, if any considerable part of what the newspapers charge is true, I shall have to ask the Civil Service Commission to make a careful investigation and report to me.
The single and most threatening danger to our party just at this moment is that it will yield to the spoils impulse and make a partisan use of the power of appointment to office and of promotion and demotion in the departments. I hope that you will get into communication with Ford and let him know how warmly I feel on this subject, though I am sure you already know it, and how anxious I am to have this matter satisfactorily cleared up. Such editorials as the one in the World entitled Stop It are more ominous than perhaps we realize.
I hate to break in upon the vacation with a note of this kind, but it was so much on my mind I thought I ought to do so.
I sincerely hope that you have been managing to relax the strain of office work in a considerable degree these holiday weeks. I have thought of you more than once with compunction as carrying the burden which I have for the time being laid down.
I had a very satisfactory talk with Lind, who was able, of course, to answer a great many questions which it was hard to ask and answer by cable and whose own mind, I am sure, was very much cleared up by our getting into frank contact with one another.

Affectionately yours,
Woodrow Wilson
We think of you every day, and all join in wishing you and yours every happiness. I sincerely hope that Mrs. Tumulty is rapidly regaining her strength.

The White House.

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Tumulty, Joseph P. (Joseph Patrick), 1879-1954





Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, “Woodrow Wilson to Joseph P. Tumulty,” 1914 January 4, WWP18262, First Year Wilson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.