Woodrow Wilson to Herbert Hoover

Identifier

WWP19266

Description

Woodrow Wilson responds to Herbert Hoover’s letter about relations between the food supply and brewing industry.

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

Thank you for your memorandum about the relations between the food supply and the brewing industry.

I am fully in sympathy with your suggestion that the percentage of alcohol in beer should be reduced to three per cent., and I think probably it would be wise to reduce the amount of grains used by each brewer, but I am inclined to think that fifty per cent. reduction is too severe, at any rate for a beginning, because I take it for granted that such a reduction would by reducing the supply greatly increase the price of beer and so be very unfair to the classes who are using it and who can use it with very little detriment when the percentage of alcohol is made so small.

This other question arises in my mind: Is the thirty per cent. of the grain value really being saved for cattle feed systematically and universally, and if not, are there not some regulations by which we should make sure that the full saving was effected and made available in the right way?

Cordially and sincerely yours,
WOODROW WILSON

Original Format

Letter

Files

http://resources.presidentwilson.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/D09278.pdf

Citation

Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, “Woodrow Wilson to Herbert Hoover,” 1917 November 20, WWP19266, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.