President Woodrow Wilson
President Woodrow Wilson came to Sioux Falls on September 8, 1919, as part of a 29-city campaign to stump for the Treaty of Versailles, which included the League of Nations. An excited crowd of onlookers cheered the 28th Presidentís arrival at the Omaha Railroad depot.
A parade of decorated autos drove to the Coliseum along a route resplendent with flags and banners. Waiting to hear the President were 2000 women seated in the balcony of the auditorium and 5000 men standing on the main floor, all seats having been removed.
Wilson, architect of the League of Nations, argued that approval of the treaty of peace with Germany would help to avoid future conflicts among nations. The treaty set up an international system of land titles with no nation having the right to take any territory of another.
Three weeks later the President became ill and was unable to continue his tour. With Wilson sidelined and refusing to compromise, the Senate defeated the treaty, and the United States remained outside the League of Nations.
Erected 2003 by Minnehaha County Historical Society, Mary Chilton DAR Foundation, the City of Sioux Falls, and Midcontinent Foundation.
Location. 43° 33.149′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Divorce Capital (here, next to this marker); Dakota Iron Store (a few steps from this marker); The Coliseum (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hanging of an Innocent Man (within shouting distance of this marker); Jewett Bros. & Jewett Warehouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); President William McKinley (about 600 feet away); Phillips to the Falls (about 600 feet away); Richard Franklin Pettigrew (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Also see . . . President Wilson's Visit to Sioux Falls, 1919. The time was September 1919; the topic was the Treaty of Versailles. It lay so heavily on the president's mind that he embarked upon a tour stretching from Columbus, Ohio, to Cahfomia and back to Colorado, where his collapse necessitated the cancellation of his remaining speeches. The president had broken precedent by going to Paris himself to negotiate a treaty following the armistice of November 1918, and when the United States Senate hesitated to approve his work, he took to the road to defend the treaty (Submitted on October 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.