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Woodrow Wilson
As the U.S. Enters World War I, President Woodrow Wilson Appoints Republican Philanthropist and Business Mogul Cornelius Bliss to the Red Cross War Council It is “a patriotic service which I trust will be possible for you to perform…There are unlimited opportunities of broad humanitarian service in view for the American Red Cross.”
10/5/17. On March 19, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson was named the first honorary president of the American Red Cross, establishing a precedent for all chief executives who have followed. His quotation “I summon you to comradeship in the Red Cross” became a rallying cry, and decorated one of the most famous Red Cross posters - a young woman clutching an American flag with the Red Cross symbol and U.S. Capitol in the background.When the United States officially entered World War I on April 6, 1917, Wilson immediately championed the American Red Cross for a major relief role, which meant an exponential expansion of the organization and a bipartisan, broad-based leadership. On May 10, 1917, Wilson appointed a 13-man special War Council to guide operations of the Red Cross during the conflict, seeking out major business leaders of both parties to head the effort. At the same time Wilson called upon the American people to back the organization to the hilt in its support of millions of young men heading to the battlefields of Europe.Cornelius N. Bliss, Jr., whose father was a member of President McKinley’s Cabinet, was a philanthropist who was also active politically. He participated in the successful presidential campaign of Theodore Roosevelt in 1904. In July 1916, he was named treasurer of the Republican National Committee, and also served as president of the Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor. With his experience in philanthropy, finance, and as Republican Committee treasurer, it was natural that Wilson would want Bliss to be one of the 13.Typed letter … [Click Below for Full Description]
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