Offered for sale are 36 Installments about the Life and Times of President Woodrow Wilson as seen through the eyes of and written by his private secretary, Joseph P. Tumulty. These 36 Installments are published by the New York Times which came in the newspapers from Sunday, October 30th, 1921, through Monday, December 5th, 1921. There is one Installment missing---November 29th, 1921.
Woodrow Wilson's very good friend and private secretary Joseph P. Tumulty wrote a tell-all book of his behind the scenes memoirs after the president left office. Many thought at the time it showed a side of President Wilson the nation was somewhat shocked to learn about. Tumulty acted as an adviser to Woodrow Wilson in his 1910 gubernatorial campaign and then his personal secretary while Woodrow Wilson was the governor of New Jersey and later his Chief of Staff from 1913 through 1921 when he was the President of the United States. During his second term the president almost replaced Tumulty because of some things Tumulty's wife said in public and had to be talked out of firing him.
After Woodrow Wilson was out of office Joseph Tumulty contacted The New York Times in 1921 and asked if they would consider publishing his personal memoirs about the time he spent with President Wilson. The New York Times published Tumulty’s story of what happened behind the scenes in the eleven years as Governor of New Jersey and as President. Starting on October 30th,1921 and ending on Sunday December 4th,1921 for a total of 37 straight days Tumulty spilled the beans on the ex-president. The Times had the exclusive newspaper rights to Tumulty’s story and was the only place it was made available to the public.
After the series ended Tumulty published a book in 1921 by Doubleday Page & Company which reflected the full series that he had published in the New York Times. The book can still be found today however the original newspapers published by the New York Times are rarer then President Obama voting along with the Republicans on the Keystone Pipeline. In searching for the papers I've only come across one single paper for sale. There were several colleges and universities that have collections from Wilson's Presidency but again only mentioned Tumulty's book and not the original copies of the New York Time newspapers. The Presidential Library and Museum in Virginia again had a copy of the book but never gave reference to the newspapers. The only place that you can possibly purchase a copy of the original newspaper installments is through the New York Times archives.
About 10 years ago I came across the newspapers at a flea market and found I had 36 of the 37 daily series published in 1921 by The New York Times. The only installment missing is from November 29th, 1921. Why these are so rare is that newspaper companies didn't require news stands to return the papers so they were thrown away making it quite impossible to find a complete run of all 37 installments.
Each Installment either has four pages or two pages. Along with the stories about President Wilson there are loads of stories about what is going on in 1921 after the end of WWI. Also found are sports stories, job ads, crimes that have been committed, articles about everyday life, and numerous editorials on how the government was performing. I’ve read through most of the papers and it's wonderful to read and learn about what our young country was going through just after the end of WWI and the effect it had and will continue to have on every American. There is also a story about Babe Ruth being awarded a medal and other sports stories you'll find interesting.
**Condition: All 36 papers are yellowed from age, all have some small chips or some small tears on there edges, and a few papers have water stains. The last paper is torn in half and is taped to keep from ripping more. This one is the worst paper in the group.
Anyone interested in learning about what our country was like over 90 years ago will have a great time reading these 36 Installments of the Life and Times of President Woodrow Wilson by Joseph Tumulty. These papers are so rare they can only go up in value over time. Thank you!
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