Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson

Identifier

WWP22122

Source

Library of Congress, Woodrow Wilson Papers, 1786-1957

Text

1917
IN YOUR REPLY REFER TO1-H-S

Dear Mr. President

In the matter of your note on the State Councils of Defense, I should like to say frankly that we originally endeavoured to act through them. In the matter of the home enrollment for conservation they secured about 1,700,000 homes over the entire country. With our own organization we renewed the campaign and enrolled 12,000,000. In fact our work has come to require the undivided attention of a State Food Administrator and his staff in hourly communication with us, a relationship impossible with any Council or Board. In some states our Administrator is a member of the Council.

The Councils are in many states strong and admirable bodies for consultation, but of sporadic value as executive officers. Furthermore, many of the Councils embrace men interested in food trades and they are therefore incapable of the action we require, for we are daily enforcing the law against traders and making trade agreements.

Yours faithfully,Herbert Hoover


T0 His Excellency
The President ofthe United States.
Washington, D. C.

Original Format

Letter

Files

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Collection

Citation

Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson,” 1917 November 28, WWP22122, World War I Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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