Woodrow Wilson to Herbert Hoover




Due to his conflicting interests, Woodrow Wilson asks Herbert Hoover to replace F.W. Taussing in the milling inquiry.


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


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum




My dear Mr. Hoover

I feel selfish to ask the question that I am about to ask, but I feel bound in duty to ask it. Mr. FW Taussig, the Chairman of the United States Tariff Commision, has been acting not only in the important matter of the inquiry you have been conducting in connection with the Milling Division of your Administration, but also as a member of the Price Fixing Committee of the War Industries Board. He feels that it is inconsistent with his duties on the Tariff Commission to undertake both of these duties and, indeed, impossible to perform them in addition to his regular work and inasmuch as I feel that so many things in so many departments turn upon the determinations of the Price Fixing Committee, I am going to be bold enough to ask if you think you could replace Mr. Taussig in the milling inquiry.

I know this is asking a great deal, but I feel bound to suggest “priorities” in a case of this importance, and I am sure you will pardon me.

Cordially and faithfully yours,
Woodrow Wilson

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Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, “Woodrow Wilson to Herbert Hoover,” 1918 April 2, WWP19389, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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