28th President. Very interesting bank check, September 18, 1919, drawn from the Hotel St. Francis in San Francisco, California. The check is accomplished in manuscript and lists “Commercial National Bank, Washington, D.C.” and is made out to “Hotel St. Francis” for $5.00 and is noted as “For Associated Charities”.
Signed “Woodrow Wilson” AS PRESIDENT at bottom right.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson went to San Francisco as part of a nationwide trip to promote the idea of a League of Nations. He arrived in San Francisco on September 17, 1919 and took part in a procession down Market Street, which was lined with spectators, to the Civic Center Plaza, where 60,000 school children greeted him. President Wilson ascended onto a reviewing stand there to acknowledge the crowd, but soon left for the St. Francis Hotel where he and his wife were staying. He gave speeches at the Palace Hotel and Civic Auditorium before leaving on September 18, 1919. Unfortunately, this West Coast trip resulted in health issues and was cut short. Wilson would suffer a severe stroke on October 2, 1919, shortly after returning to Washington D.C.
This is the first such check signed by Wilson that we have seen. It appears that the hotel / charity used these checks to draw the funds from the donor’s bank as Wilson’s DC bank is listed at the top of the check.