DOLLAR-A-YEAR MAN. When the United States entered World War I in 1917, the moral fervor of the American commitment, inspired by President Woodrow Wilson's ringing call for a "war to end all wars," motivated a large number of prominent merchants, manufacturers, bankers, professional men, and others to enter the service of the government as executives in departments in which they were expert. For their service they accepted only a token salary of one dollar per year, plus their necessary expenses. These federal appointees, and others who later followed their example, served primarily in times of national emergency, such as during the world wars.
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