HOOVER, Herbert (1874-1964). 31st President of the United States (1929-1933). First President born west of the Mississippi. In office at the time of the Stock Market crash.
Title page of a report: Report On Survey Of Germany, February 1919. Hoover writes in pencil on this page: “American Relief Administration, Herbert Hoover, Director General. Report Economic Conditions in Europe, Germany, Alonzo Taylor, Feb. 1919”. On a brown sheet of paper Hoover starts a RARE handwritten letter: “Colonel Groome, you can state at once and emphatically that if executions do not instantly cease and if tribunals are not at once set up to determine are trying all prisoners are not set up instantly are not set up”. It is quite obvious that Hoover had much difficulty composing this letter and getting his thoughts together, he has crossed out about 19 words.
In November 1918 Hoover was appointed Director-General of Relief & Reconstruction of Europe. All of Europe faced famine, Hoover’s organization of 4,000 American workers spent time in 30 countries distributing 46 million tons of food from 1918 to 1920. World War I ended on November 11, 1918. In 1919, Hoover founded the Hoover Institute On War, Revolution & Peace. During 1919 Hoover had worked closely with Alonzo Taylor who was his principal expert advisor on food and nutrition questions during and immediately after the war, in drawing up a plan for the organization and funding of a Food Research Institute at Stanford.
Colonel Groome was the First Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police and a warden in the Eastern State Penitentiary. In 1917, he was part of a group to organize divisions for immediate service for the Great War. During the War he headed the American Military Police overseas.
A very early and important Hoover War related item. The title page is worn and the areas where once split are strengthen with tape. The Hoover letter is strengthened in places with tape and is rough around the edges...............................$1500.00