Colonel House to Woodrow Wilson
Three or four people of importance have suggested WPC Harding of the First National Bank of Birmingham, Alabama, as being one of the foremost bankers in the South and, perhaps, the best fitted man for the Federal Reserve Board that could be chosen in this section.
I sent you a full description of him as I passed through Washington on my way South, and I suggested on the memorandum that you ask Mr. Underwood concerning him.
If, after talking to Underwood, you think well of him, I could go by Birmingham and see him as I go East which I expect to do on March 16th.
If I were you, I would not appoint anyone on this board without first looking him over, for my experience in such matters has been that one cannot get accurate information at second hand