Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson




Herbert Hoover writes to Woodrow Wilson about the need for Judge Lindley, Chief Counsel for the Food Administration to step down and only remain as a consultant.


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


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum




Dear Mr. President

Judge Lindley, who has been Chief Counsel for the Food Administration, cannot, I fear, any longer stand the nervous strain of the work and he and I both think that we must consider someone else for the active head and that we continue to enjoy Judlge Lindley’s help in consultative capacity.

I feel that in this peculiar and dominant position in the work I must have someone whose long-established poolitical and personal loyalty to yourself is beyond question and who has had no relations with the associated villanies of the country. Furthermore, some laywer of National importance would no doubt tend to protect the Administration from such wickedly designed plots as this sugar investigation.

The only name suggested to mae so far is Judge Lehman of St. Louis, formerly Solicitor-General. Could you advise me as to the matter or suggest some other men whom I could approach.

Yours faithfully,
[Herbert Hoover]

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Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson,” 1917 December 26, WWP19305, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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