mention of Rep Henry Wynkoop of Pennsylvania
Washington Scene By George Dixon WASHINGTON - After the, "THANK YOU, Mr. Presi-dent!" Presi-dent!" Presi-dent!" had broken up the White House news conference and started a stampede for the door, I found myself elbowing elbowing alongside a very learned member of my profession. profession. When we finally got unmobbed sufficiently for articulation articulation he asked how I would feel if I had to address the president as "High Mightiness' "I haven't given the matter too much thought," I confessed. confessed. "Why do you ask?" "Well," he said, "This has no bearing on anything that happened today. It is utterly, completely, inapropos. But, do you know, that we came very close to having to address address the president as High Mightiness-" Mightiness-" Mightiness-" "It must have been the Democrats," I said. "The Republicans Republicans are too moderate for an immoderacy like that." "It was the Federalists. They thought the president should have a high-sounding high-sounding high-sounding title. The matter was taken up by a Senate committee and it reported in favor of address address the president as High Mightiness!" "Docs Sherm Adams know about this? I asked cautiously. cautiously. "I do not consider the question shermane. This was some time ago, when there was an Adams even more prominent than Sher, if you can credit such a deplorable situation. It was in the first congress, and John Adams was vice president." "You mean good old John Adams, a plain New Engender, Engender, wanted to foist such a fancy title on the country?" "Well, he presided over the senate, which considered it. However, the House of Representatives decreed that the head man should be addressed simply as 'the presi. dent of the United States' and that mode of address fortunately fortunately passed into precedent. I said it was hard to think of I president of this democratic democratic nation hankering for an aristocratic appellation. Mv learned friend retorted that George Washington himself was in favor of being called "High Mightiness." "1 don't believe it of George!" I declared. "Where did you get that nonsense?" "It's in the history books," said the erudite one. "The first Speaker of the House, General Frederick A. C. Muh-lenberg. Muh-lenberg. Muh-lenberg. of Pennsylvania, is quoted as stating that the stadtholder of Holland was then called 'High Mightiness," and Washington felt he should have the same title." My instructor went on: "Muhlenberg said he once jested about it to the president, and, for a time, lost Washington's friendship. Among those present was Rep, Henry Wynkoop, of Pennsyhania, who was l large, commanding commanding figure of a man. The president said to Muhlenberg: Muhlenberg: "Well, general, what do you think of t he title "High Mightiness." "Muhlenberg according to the bocks replied laughingly: "Why, general, i! we were certain that the office would always le held by men as large is yourself and. or my friend Wyr.ktxip. it would be appropriate enough. But, if by chance a president as smal. as mv opposite neighbor would be elected, it would become ridiculous." ridiculous." "Who was the 'opposite neighbor.' " I aked. "I forget. But ar.vway, everybody laughed except the president. He looked very grave and d.sp'tased." Bv this time we were out on the street, safely hevord certain earshot, and I whispered: "Vou are urtfnubted: a well - read fellow, and a credit to our craft. But what are you pelting it?" "Nothing at all! Nothing at !'!" hastily protested the great scholar, looking over his shoulder. "1 was just rambling "