Purpose: Preparation for President Wilson’s visit
Date: February 21, 1919
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On Monday, February 24, there will be extended to the President, on his visit here, the hospitality of the city of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He comes here as President of our great Nation, as Commander-in-Chief in a war prosecuted to victory, as representative of America at the most important conference of nations ever assembled to discuss the peace of the world. He comes to a city and Commonwealth that have loyally supported his efforts to prosecute the war, that are eager to pay to him the tribute of respect and honor that are due to the position he holds. He is returning from one of the most notable of journeys. He is landing first on our historic soil. We look with great expectancy to the message he brings. To show our deep appreciation of his presence, I suggest that business be suspended for a period while he is here, that flags be displayed, and every proper observance made by such action as may be appropriate on behalf of all of our citizens.
Given at the Executive Chamber, in Boston, this twenty – first day of February, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and forty third.
Citation: Messages to the General Court, Official Addresses, Proclamations and State Papers of His Excellency Governor Calvin Coolidge
The Coolidge Foundation gratefully acknowledges the volunteer efforts of Robert Manchester, who prepared this document for digital publication.