Shortly after President Wilson’s first inauguration, he received a visitor in the White House by the name of Mr. Samuel Untermeyer. Untermeyer was a prominent New York City attorney who contributed generously to the National Democratic committee that installed President Wilson in the White House in Washington in the 1912 election. President Wilson was very glad to welcome him to the White House. They had met before during the campaign.
Mr. Untermeyer surprised President Wilson that he had been retained to bring a breach of promise action against him. He informed the President that his client was willing to accept $40,000 in lieu of action. Untermeyer’s client was the former wife of a professor at Princeton University at the same time Wilson was a professor there.
Untermeyer produced a packet of letters, written by President Wilson to his colleague’s wife when they were neighbors at Princeton. He had written many endearing letters to her, many of which she never destroyed. President Wilson acknowledged his authorship of the letters.
Untermeyer volunteered to give President Wilson’s former sweetheart the $40,000 out of his own pocket on one condition: that Wilson promise him to appoint to the first vacancy on the United States Supreme court a nominee to be recommended to Wilson by Untermeyer. Wilson agreed to do so.
Untermeyer kept the packet of letters to insure against any similar attempt.
When President Wilson was required to appoint a new member of the Supreme Court, Untermeyer recommended Louis Brandeis. A Jew had never served on the Supreme Court before.
The President and Justice Brandeis became unusually intimate friends. Brandeis knew the circumstances of his appointment to the Supreme Court.
In 1914, Justice Brandeis was the most politically influential of all Zionists in the United States. He was in a powerful position to serve Jews both at home and abroad. The opportunity to perform a great service for his Zionist followers soon became available.
Justice Brandeis volunteered his opinion to Wilson that the sinking of the S.S. Sussex by a German submarine with the loss of lives of United States citizens justified the declaration of war. Relying upon the legal opinion of Justice Brandeis, President Wilson appealed to Congress to declare war on Germany April 2, 1917.
It is commonly understood that Brandeis more than anyone else guided Wilson into committing America to World War I.
Taken from The Hidden Tyranny written in 1961 by Benjamin H.
Freedman, pages 7-9.
Freedman was born of Jewish parents and was a businessman in New York City. He broke with organized Jewry after World War II, and spent the remainder of his life and at least 2.5 million dollars publicizing the facts of Jewish influence on the United States.
He had been an insider at the highest levels of Jewish organizations, and was personally acquainted with Bernard Baruch, Samuel Untermeyer, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy, and many more of the movers and shakers of his time.
This speech of which exerpts are given above was given in 1961 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., on behalf of a newspaper of that time, Common Sense.