Woodrow Wilson to Herbert Hoover

Identifier

WWP19340

Description

Woodrow Wilson agrees with Herbert Hoover discouraging expansion in a number of food industries that are already producing sufficient quantities since that expansion would raise the cost of production and increase the demand for labor.

Source

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

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Language

English

Text

THE WHITE HOUSE
washington

My dear Mr. Hoover

I have your letter of February first in which you speak of the tendency on the part of flower mills, canneries, candy manufacturers, sweet drink manufacturers, and some others whose productive capacity is at present more than sufficient to take care of the country’s needs to enter upon a speculative expansion of their production with the result of spreading their production over a much larger body of machinery and thus increasing the cost of production by the decreased proportion of the output, and also increasing the demand for labor, for capital, and for transportation. If such expansion can be discouraged through the Food Administration, it is clear to me that it is in the national interest that it should be discouraged, and I am very glad to confirm your view in that matter.

Sincerely yours,

Original Format

Letter

Files

http://resources.presidentwilson.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/D09347.pdf

Tags

Citation

Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, “Woodrow Wilson to Herbert Hoover,” 1918 February 4, WWP19340, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.