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who passed sweeping reform laws, gave women the right to vote, and led the United States through World War I setting the ground work for the League of Nations. An incredible pair of documents, being Woodrow and Edith Bolling Wilson's two passport applications, filled out and signed, undoubtedly in anticipation of the upcoming peace negotiations at Versailles! Each document is 2pp. legal folio, [Washington, undated], both completely filled in by Woodrow Wilson, with each signed at the conclusion by Woodrow and Edith. There are over fifty words in the hand of the President, with the name "Wilson" or "Woodrow Wilson" appearing five times in the text. Within these autobiographical documents, "Woodrow Wilson" swears that he is a citizen of the U.S., born in "Staunton, Va. the 28th day of December, 1856", that his father "Joseph R. Wilson" was born in "Steubenville, Ohio", and is now "dead", and adds that his present address is in "Washington" where he admits to the hold the occupation of "President of the United States". His intention is to have the passport issued for "Official" business travel in "France, England, and Italy". At bottom, he signs an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and on the verso he supplies his complete physical description: "Age: 61, Statures: 5 feet 10 1/2 inches tall, Forehead: Square, Eyes: Grey, Nose: Prominent", and so on. He has similarly completed Mrs. Wilson's application, listing her as being born in: "Wytheville, Ohio Oct. 15th, 1872", making her 15 years younger than he. He also indicates that the party shall depart from the port of "New York", and is signed at the conclusion by Mrs. Wilson. These historic documents are from the estate of White House Chief Usher Ike Hoover, who no doubt advised the President that in lieu of his rather prominent position, no passports would be required! The documents remained within Hoover's family until this year, and are likely the only such Presidential manuscripts ever encountered. Both bears folds but are otherwise in near fine condition.

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