Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson




Herbert Hoover asks for Wilson’s approval to appoint Joseph Cotton as the head of the Food Administration’s meat division and WVS Thorne as the head of distribution of Allied, Army, and Navy foodstuffs.


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


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum




Dear Mr. President

After trial of many men and methods, I have given up hope of securing a sufficiently public spirited and independent man from the meat trades to put in charge of the control of that branch iof foodstuffs. I have for some time used Mr. Joseph Cotton, of New York, to advise in these matters, and, although he is a lawyer, I have such an appreciation of his abilities and character that I wish to propose him to you as the head of our meat division. We will assemble expert staff toin various directions to assist.

The distribution of Allied and Army and Navy orders of foodstuffs is developing into very large work, and I have been trying out Mr. WVS Thorne of New York in direction of this work. I would now like to propose him to you for this work permanently. He was for many years the buyer for the Southern and Union Pacific Railroads; retired from them a few years ago, and has since devoted himself to public service, having reorganized the buying for the New York hospitals etc.

Both Mr. Cotton and Mr. Thorne are volunteers.

I am

Your obedient servant,
Herbert Hoover

(in handwriting)Approved
Woodrow Wilson)

His Excellency
The presidentyoof the United States

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Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson,” 1917 October 22, WWP19224, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.