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Polish Order of the White Eagle, 1922. Medals and case. Woodrow Wilson Library, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (177.00.00)
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Polish Order of the White Eagle, 1922. Medals and case. Woodrow Wilson Library, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (177.00.00)
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Polish Order of the White Eagle, 1922. Medals and case. Woodrow Wilson Library, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (177.00.00)
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Recognition from Poland

The government of Poland conferred their country's highest decoration, the Order of the White Eagle, upon President Woodrow Wilson in recognition of his role in the re-establishment of a free Polish state. Under the U.S. Constitution, Wilson could not accept decorations from a foreign government while he was president. In 1922, after his term of office was over, however, he consented to receive the honor at a quiet ceremony in his Washington home.

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