28th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Woodrow Wilson” AS PRESIDENT, October 17, 1916, The White House Washington stationery but sent from Shadow Lawn (the New Jersey estate that served as the de facto White House for Wilson in the Fall of 1916), 7×9, to “Mr. E.C. Wolcott” in New York City, in full:
Mrs. Wilson has handed me your letter of October fifteenth and in response I am very glad indeed to send this friendly line with my autograph.
Uncommon letter from his NJ vacation home.
President Woodrow Wilson and First Lady Edith Wilson were invited to Shadow Lawn in the fall of 1916 for a three-month stay.
Wilson arrived in September and resided there while regularly traveling into Asbury Park by automobile where the White House staff had set up offices to run the federal government from the fifth floor of the Asbury Park Trust Co. on Cookman Avenue.
It was in Shadow Lawn where Wilson accepted the Democratic nomination for a second term, entertained guests such as Henry Ford, read written briefings on the escalating conditions of World War I and finally, learned he had been re-elected president.