HOOVER AGREES TO SERVE AS FOOD ADMINISTRATOR BUT REFUSES PAY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years today, May 19, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson announced the appointment of Herbert C. Hoover* as director of the Food Administration** of the United States. Mr. Hoover accepted the appointment on the condition that he would serve "without compensation."
President Wilson said that Mr. Hoover had expressed confidence that the difficult matter of food administration could be accomplished with voluntary co-operation and "with the help of the women of this country."
The President issued the following statement:
"Control of food products by a board independent of the Department of Agriculture is proposed to prevent the possibility of a permanent bureaucracy arising out of it."
*Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) was born in West Branch, Iowa & grew up in Oregon. HCH graduated from Stanford University as a mining engineer & served as Food Administrator in WWI. He served as Secretary of Commerce under Harding & Coolidge before becoming the 31st POTUS. HCH served from 1929-1933.
**Food Administration was responsible for the food reserves of the U.S. Army as well as the overseas Allies during WWI. One of its most important tasks was the stabilization of U.S. wheat prices.
"Herbert Hoover," The White House, www.whitehouse.gov/
"U.S. To Set Food Prices, Hoover Given Wide Power as Controller", The Chicago Sunday Tribune, May 20, 1917.