February 25, 1914

Woodrow Wilson Explains That He Wouldn't, and Couldn't, Pardon Atlantic City Boss Kuehnle

Typed Letter Signed
1 page
SMC 1319
Wilson, who as Governor of New Jersey had brought down Atlantic City boss Louis "The Commodore" Kuehnle – by, some alleged, exaggerating his power – here, as President, refuses to pardon the Republican political czar then imprisoned for a graft conviction. “I could not pardon Mr. Kuehnle if I would, for I am no longer Governor of New Jersey,” Wilson explains, “and I would not if I could.”
Typed Letter Signed, as President, 1 page, quarto, The White House, Washington, February 25, 1914. To Walter Winston Kenilworth
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