Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson




Herbert Hoover asks for Woodrow Wilson’s approval regarding several staffing changes at the Food Administration.


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


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum




Dear Mr. President

Subject to your approval, I should like to make the following important changes in staff arrangements in the Food Administration:

Dr. George H. Denny, President of the University of Alabama, to be head of the Cotton-Seed Division.

John R. Munn, a wool manufacturer, to be head of the Canning Division.

RR Williams, a banker, head of the Wholesale and Retail Division.

CE Spens, Vice-President of the Burlington Railroad, to be head of the Railway Transportation Division.

Prentiss R. Gray, Shipping Manager of the Belgian Relief, to be head of the Marine Transportation Division.

JJ Stream, formerly a grain merchant, to be head of the Corn, Corn Milling and Feeds Division.

Miss Martha Van Renssalaer, Professor of Domestic Economy, to be head of the Home Conservation Division.

None of them have any financial interest in the trades with which they are to be concerned and all of them, with the exception of Dr. Denny, have been tried out in the Food Administration to first prove their adaptibility and capability for the work. All are volunteers except Dr. Denny and we share Mr. Gray’s salary with the Belgian Relief.

I beg to remain
Your obedient servant,
Herbert Hoover

Woodrow Wilson

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Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson,” 1918 April 4, WWP19392, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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