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Portrait, Herbert Clark Hoover

Herbert Clark Hoover

31st President of the United States
(March 4, 1929 to March 3, 1933)

Nickname: None listed.

Born: August 10, 1874, in West Branch, Iowa
Died: October 20, 1964, in New York, New York

Father: Jesse Clark Hoover
Mother: Hulda Randall Minthorn Hoover
Married: Lou Henry (1875-1944), on February 10, 1899
Children: Herbert Clark Hoover (1903-69); Allan Henry Hoover (1907-93)

Religion: Society of Friends (Quaker)
Education: Graduated from Stanford University (1895).
Occupation: Engineer
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:

  • Secretary of Commerce, 1921-23 (under tiny U.S. flag Harding)
  • Secretary of Commerce, 1923-28 (under tiny U.S. flag Coolidge)

Presidential Salary: $75,000/year

Presidential Election Results:
Year Popular Votes Electoral Votes
1928 Herbert C. Hoover 21,391,993 444
Alfred E. Smith 15,016,169 87
1932 tiny U.S. flag Franklin D. Roosevelt 22,809,638 472
Herbert C. Hoover 15,758,901 59

Vice President: Charles Curtis (1929-33)

Cabinet:

Secretary of State
Henry L. Stimson (1929-33)
Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew W. Mellon (1929-32)
Ogden L. Mills (1932-33)
Secretary of War
James W. Good (1929)
Patrick J. Hurley (1929-33)
Attorney General
William DeWitt Mitchell (1929-33)
Postmaster General
Walter F. Brown (1929-33)
Secretary of the Navy
Charles F. Adams (1929-33)
Secretary of the Interior
Ray L. Wilbur (1929-33)
Secretary of Agriculture
Arthur M. Hyde (1929-33)
Secretary of Commerce
Robert P. Lamont (1929-32)
Roy D. Chapin (1932-33)
Secretary of Labor
James J. Davis (1929-30)
William N. Doak (1930-33)

Supreme Court Appointments:

Chief Justice
Charles Evans Hughes (1930-41)
Associate Justice
Owen Josephus Roberts (1930-45)
Benjamin Nathan Cardozo (1932-38)

Notable Events:

  • 1929
    • Stock Market Crash which was the start of the Great Depression

Internet Biographies:

Herbert Hoover -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
Compiled by the White House.
Herbert Hoover -- from American Presidents: Life Portraits -- C-SPAN
Biographical information, trivia, key events, video, and other reference materials. Website created to accompany C-SPAN's 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.
Herbert Hoover -- from The American President
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.
Herbert Hoover -- from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
An eight part biography taken from exhibit captions in the Hoover Museum.
Biography written by William Cooke from a pro-republican point of view.

Historical Documents:

First Inaugural Address (1929)

Media Resources:

Audio
From a 1932 campaign speech. Begins with crowd singing political rally song. (1:52)
MP3 (880K)
From the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University.
Audio & Video
The American Presidency Projects's Presidential Audio/Video Archive for Herbert Hoover site

Other Internet Resources:

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
The West Branch, Iowa birthplace, childhood home, and grave site of Herbert Hoover. Tourist information available.
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
Historical and tourist information available. Information on the Hoover document collection can also be found at this site.

Points of Interest:


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