Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson


Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson


Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964




1917 September 18


Harry Garfield and Herbert Hoover ask Woodrow Wilson for additional money for adequate office space for the Food and Fuel Administration.


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


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum


United States Food Administration
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924--Correspondence
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964--Correspondence




His Excellency
The President of the United States,
Washington, DC

My dear Mr. President

In respect to our discussions as to office accomodation, we beg to set out formally the situation. The rapid expansion of the work of the Food Administration and the more recent but equally urgent growth of the Fuel Administration, the need for greater office space and more efficient interlocation of the various departments, has become imperative.

We have, so far, been able to manage in temporarily leased quarters scattered in a number of buildings, but with resulting loss of efficiency and increase of expense. We see no way, however, in which the growing needs of these two Administrations can continue to be met in this manner, and a proper regard for the effective carrying out of the work prescribed for these Administrations by Congress would indicate the necessity of erecting suitable quarters in which all of the branches of the work can be brought into efficient inter-relation.

A strictly temporary structure would be quite sufficient to meet the requirements, as both the Food and Fuel Administrations are authorized only for the period of the war.

Inasmuch as the appropriation made available by Congress for the Food and Fuel Administrations contains no provisions which would permit any portion of it being used for buildings purposes, we beg to confirm our request for the allotment of $400,000.00 from the fund placed at your disposal under the Deficiency Act of April, 1917 for National Security and Defense, to be expended for the construction of a temporary building or buildings for the use of the Food and Fuel Administrations; this amount to be credited on the books of the Treasury Department under the tital of appropriation “National Security and Defense, Food and Fuel Administration Building”.

Yours faithfully,

Harry A. Garfield

M.C. Tfr App Wk. #38. Sept. 22/17.

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Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924




Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson,” 1917 September 18, WWP19192, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.