What Was the Fuel Administration of WWI?

The Fuel Administration of World War I was an agency established on August 23, 1917 to ensure adequate production of oil and coal. The agency was first headed by Harry Garfield, the son to President James A. Garfield.

During the World War I, the United States used most of its resources in the war to ensure victory in Europe. This led to the creation of agencies in the country to control the production and delivery of available resources. The Fuel Administration was forced to close down less important industries on some days to prioritize vital deliveries. The agency also implemented policies that were intended to help in curbing high energy consumption.