Herbert Hoover

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Portrait, Herbert Clark HooverHerbert 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 Hoover (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. flagHarding)
  • Secretary of Commerce, 1923-28 (under tiny U.S. flagCoolidge)

Presidential Salary: $75,000/year

Presidential Election Results:
YearPopular VotesElectoral Votes
1928Herbert C. Hoover21,391,993444
Alfred E. Smith15,016,16987
1932tiny U.S. flagFranklin D. Roosevelt22,809,638472
Herbert C. Hoover15,758,90159

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 J. 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 U.S. Presidents
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.
President Herbert Hoover — from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
Compiled by the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

Historical Documents:

First Inaugural Address (1929)

Media Resources:

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 Project’s Presidential Audio/Video Archive for Herbert Hoover

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:

Previous President: tiny U.S. flagCalvin Coolidge | Next President: tiny U.S. flagFranklin Delano Roosevelt

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