Thomas B. Stearns to Herbert Hoover




Thomas B. Stearns tells Herbert Hoover that he is willing to serve as food controller for Colorado provided Hoover feels comfortable in nominating him.


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


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum




New York.

Dear Mr. Hoover

I write you this letter to say that I want you to feel perfectly free to appoint me or anyone else as your representative for the State of Colorado

I do believe that the food controller of that State should have, as far as possible, united support.

You will understand that I was actuated to accept the position, provided you wished to appoint me, solely and only by patriotic motives to support President Wilson and you in every way to add whatever I might to the measures which are proposed for the purpose of winning this war, and that should I be appointed, I will be undertaking a good deal of work, which will mean considerable sacrifice on my part in view of the enterprises which I had undertaken previous to the war, and which it is necessary that I should supervise for a long time in the future.

Please, tgherefore, insofar as I am concerned, be free to use your own judgment in the premises and to appoint me or not.

Very truly yours,
(Signed) Thos. B. Stearns.

Original Format




Stearns, Thomas B., “Thomas B. Stearns to Herbert Hoover,” 1917 September 22, WWP19197, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.