July 2, 1921 – Knox-Porter Resolution Officially Ends U.S. Involvement in World War I

On this day, the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution officially ending United States involvement in World War I. The bill had been derived from two separate resolutions drafted by Senator Philander Knox and Representative Stephen Porter, both Republicans from Pennsylvania.

President Harding signed the resolution in Raritan, New Jersey, where he was playing golf with Senator Joseph S. Frehlinghuysen at the Raritan Valley Country Club. Harding walked back to the Frelinghuysen estate across the street, signed the document, and then returned to complete his round of golf.

President Warren G. Harding was an avid golfer

The Knox–Porter resolution also declared peace with the recently separated nations of Austria and Hungary. A U.S. House of Representatives history site reports that “By declaring peace, the U.S. hoped to consolidate its power in the postwar world and play a prominent role in the treaty-making process.”

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