With the recent news of Woodrow Wilson's name being removed from Princeton's School of Public Policy, it is worth reflecting on Baha’is' admiration for Wilson, an avowed , , and who , Wilson's legacy is still .
On September 22, 1912, during his tour of North America, in Lincoln, Nebraska. was not home at the time, however, as he was busy campaigning for in whose administration he would serve as Secretary of State. 'Abdu’l-Bahá met his wife and daughter instead. began to circulate among American Baha’is during Wilson's term as President from 1913 to 1921.
The White House, Washington, May 5, 1916. My dear Mr Hall, the telegram you sent me on behalf of Baha’is of America, assembled in annual convention, has given me the deepest gratification and I hope you will have an opportunity to express my gratitude to all concerned. Cordially and sincerely yours, /s/ Woodrow Wilson.
The President of the Republic, Dr. Wilson, is indeed serving the Kingdom of God for he is restless and strives day and night that the rights of all men may be preserved safe and secure, that even small nations, like greater ones, may dwell in peace and comfort, under the protection of Righteousness and Justice. This purpose is indeed a lofty one. I trust that the incomparable Providence will assist and confirm such souls under all conditions.
On December 25, 1938 Shoghi Effendi wrote a letter, later published as addressed "to the beloved of God and the handmaids of the Merciful throughout the United States and Canada," describing the role of America in establishing the Most Great Peace. The work is divided into five parts. The provides some concluding remarks. Shoghi Effendi states that American Baha’is faithfulness to the Baha’i Faith has potentiated the United States to establish the Most Great Peace. Shoghi Effendi comments on contemporary events, lamenting America's move away from , "The ideals that fired the imagination of America’s tragically unappreciated President, whose high endeavors, however much nullified by a visionless generation, 'Abdu’l-Bahá, through His own pen, acclaimed as signalizing the dawn of the Most Great Peace, though now lying in the dust, bitterly reproach a heedless generation for having so cruelly abandoned them."