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President Woodrow Wilson: From Versailles to Carnegie Hall

On July 8, 1919, at Carnegie Hall, President Woodrow Wilson gave his first report regarding the Treaty of Versailles. After more than six months of negotiation, the treaty had been signed just over a week before. President Wilson arrived at the 23rd Street ferry terminal and more that half a million New Yorkers lined the route between there and the Hall—a distance of about two and a half miles.

This was Wilson's fourth and final appearance at Carnegie Hall. His first was 14 years earlier, on November 19, 1905, when he was president of Princeton University in New Jersey. His speaking partner that day was John R. Mott. Both men were winners of the Nobel Peace Prize—Wilson in 1919* and Mott in 1946.

* According to, despite winning it in 1919, Woodrow Wilson only received his Nobel Prize one year later, in 1920. "During the selection process in 1919, the Norwegian Nobel Committee decided that none of the year's nominations met the criteria as outlined in the will of Alfred Nobel. According to the Nobel Foundation's statutes, the Nobel Prize can in such a case be reserved until the following year, and this statute was then applied. Woodrow Wilson therefore received his Nobel Prize for 1919 one year later, in 1920."

 Woodrow Wilson New York Times Versaille 

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