Henry Jones Ford to Woodrow Wilson


Henry Jones Ford to Woodrow Wilson


Ford, Henry Jones, 1851-1925




1914 January 17


Henry J. Ford writes to Woodrow Wilson about the situation in the Philippines and Mexico.


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


Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924--Correspondence




My dear President Wilson

I send herewith a supplemental report on The Philippines touching upon some points omitted in my previous reports. I am sending the carbon copy as I find it is the more legible.

A convcerted effort is being made by Taft, Worcester and others to start public discussion of the Philippine situation. An organization has been formed in the interest of preserving the system of government instituted by Taft, and some Congressional developments of their activity may be expected.

Permit me to say how delighted I am with the success of your administration in obtaining action upon the tariff and currency questions. It is really a suprising achievement that so much has been accomplished in so short a time, and that party discpipline still remains so good as to afford brilliant promise of adding to the great record.

The Mexican situation is disturbing but while the course you have pursued did not consult your comfort it is the most salutary with a view to permanent results. The revoulutionary game will not be so attractive hereafter. The present Mexican constitution is, however, so unworkable that orderly government in that country is hardly possible without constitutional reorganization. Permit me to suggest that if at any time you should need the services of a military adviser in that country, General Bandholtz, who is now somewhere in this country, would be a first-rate man for the job. He is shrewd, tactful, and genial, and speaks Spanish like a native. His so modest and unassuming that meeting him does not impress one with his capacity, but I conceived a great admiration for him from what I saw of his methods and achievements in the Philippines.

With kindest regards,
I am Sincerely and cordially yours
Henry J. Ford

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Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924




Ford, Henry Jones, 1851-1925, “Henry Jones Ford to Woodrow Wilson,” 1914 January 17, WWP18288, First Year Wilson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.