Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson




Herbert Hoover writes to Woodrow Wilson about regulations for bread and baking to conserve ingredients.


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


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum




Dear Mr. President

We desire to put the bakers of the country under license with a view to effecting a number of savings, particularly by giving them certain maximums for ingredients whereby we should be able to save something like 100,000,000 pounds of sugar, 60,000,000 pounds of lard and a great deal of milk. In addition thereto, we wish to standardize the bread as to weight in order that we may focus competition on the question of price instead of allowing it to have four or five variables as at present, owing to the thirty-seven different sizes of bread baked in the United States. We also wish to eliminate certain trade wastes which we compute will make a saving of something like 6,000 or 7,000 barrels of flour per annum.

The whole of the regulations which I will forward to you in a few days have been worked out to a large degree with the bakers themselves with the co-operation of the Federal Trade Commission and the Agricultural Department.

I send you herewith the proclamation for your signature if you approve of this course.

I am

Your obedient servant,
[Herbert Hoover]

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Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson,” 1917 November 6, WWP19248, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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