Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson




Herbert Hoover forwards a letter to Woodrow Wilson that caused misrepresentation of the Food Administration and stirred up dissent among farmers throughout the country.


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


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum




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Dear Mr. President

I attach herewith copy of a letter which has been circulated in large numbers, and certainly to the whole of the agricultural press of the country, By Senator Reed. I may also mention that Senator Gronna and Congressman Young have both been telegraphing to their constituents in North Dakota making misrepresentations as to the objectives of the Food Administration and encouraging farmers to withhold their wheat from sale, despite the fact that North Dakota is fully represented on the Fair Price Committee under Dr. Garfield.

This attempt to stir up the agricultural sections of the country against our efforts to secure an equitable position between the producer and consumer will, if it is successful, absolutely break down the whole question of food administration and thereby seriously imperil the whole problem of feeding the Allies and protecting our own people over the coming winter.

I beg to remain,
Your obedient servant,
[Herbert Hoover]

Original Format





Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson,” 1917 August 23, WWP19162, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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