Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson

Identifier

WWP19281

Description

Herbert Hoover replies to Woodrow Wilson’s letter about using State Councils of Defense to enforce regulations of the Food Administration.

Source

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

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Format

pdf file

Language

English

Text

Dear Mr. President

In the matter of your note on the State Councils of Defense, I should like to say frankly that we originally endeavoured to act through them. In the matter of the home enrollment for conservation they secured about 1,700,000 homes over the entire country. With our own organization we renewed the campaign and enrolled 12,000,000. In fact our work has come to require the undivided attention of a State Food Administrator and his staff in hourly communication with us, - a relationship impossible with any Council or Board. In some states our Administrator is member of the Council.

The Councils are in many states strong and admirable bodies for consultation, but of sporadic value as excecutive officers. Furthermore, many of the Councils embrace men interested in food trades and they are therefore incapable of the action we require, for we are daily enforcing the law against traders and making trade agreements.

Yours faithfully,
[Herbert Hoover]

Original Format

Letter

Files

http://resources.presidentwilson.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/D09296.pdf

Citation

Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson,” 1917 November 28, WWP19281, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.