Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson




Herbert Hoover recommends Hugh Gibson for the role of Minister to Czechoslovakia.


Hoover-Wilson Correspondence, Hoover Institution, Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford, California


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum





My dear Mr. President

I understand that Mr. Hugh Gibson, who is now attached to me as diplomatic advisor in Europe, has been suggested to you by the State Department as the Minister to Czecho-Slovakia. I would like to place before you how extremely serviceable it would be in the handling of one of our most diffivcult food situations if the man appointed were possessed of the his background of experience connected with this work.

Mr. Gibson was, as you know, First Secretary in Belgium for many years during the occupation and has been one of the First Secretaries of the American Legation Embassy up to the time that I arrived in Europe when, at my request, he was attached to me for negotiations with the governments comprising the old Austrian Empire, and with whom he has been in close contact ever since.

I cannot speak too highly of his abilities nor do I feel it would be possible amiss to mention that he has been in the diplomatic service for ten or fifteen years and has reached that point where either he will need promotion or, as the result of his his high abilities, he will be attracted from the service. I have known him under the most difficult of ceircumstances and he has never failed in a representation of the United States in the way that all of us would desire, both as to ability, courage and accomplishment in the diplomatic service. To my knowledge he has been one of your most ardent and cosnstant supporters.

Yours faithfully,
Herbert C. Hoover

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Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson,” 1919 March 25, WWP19492, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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