Quotation by Woodrow Wilson

Would that we could do something, at once dignified and effective, to knock Mr. Bryan once and for all into a cocked hat.
Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924), U.S. president. Letter, August 29, 1907, to A.H. Joline. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 17, p. 124, ed. Arthur S. Link.

Wilson was writing in private to a man who became part of the opposition on the Princeton board. Five years later the letter was released in the midst of the 1912 campaign. Many feared it would cost Wilson the Democratic nomination. Actually Bryan became one of his most effective supporters in the Baltimore convention.
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