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American President

Herbert Hoover (1874–1964)

Portrait of Herbert Hoover

Facts at a Glance

31st President of the United States (1929–1933)
August 10, 1874, West Branch, Iowa
Full Name
Herbert Clark Hoover
Stanford University (graduated 1895)
Society of Friends (Quaker)
February 10, 1899, to Lou Henry (1875–1944)
Herbert Clark (1903–1969), Allan Henry (1907–1993)
Political Party
The Challenge of Liberty (1934), America’s First Crusade (1942), Memoirs (3 vols., 1951-52), The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson (1958)
October 20, 1964, New York City, New York
West Branch, Iowa
A Life in Brief
Upon accepting the Republican nomination for President in 1928, Herbert Hoover predicted that “We in America today are nearer to the final triumph over poverty than ever before in the history of any land. The poorhouse is vanishing from among us.” Hoover won the presidency that year, but his time in office belied his optimistic assertion. More »
Ours is a land rich in resources; stimulating in its glorious beauty; filled with millions of happy homes; blessed with comfort and opportunity.
March 4, 1929

Essays on Herbert Hoover and His Administration

Herbert Clark Hoover
A Life in Brief
Life Before the Presidency
Campaigns and Elections
Domestic Affairs
Foreign Affairs
Life After the Presidency
Family Life
The American Franchise
Impact and Legacy
Key Events
First Lady
Lou Hoover
Vice President
Charles Curtis
Secretary of State
Henry L. Stimson (1929–1933)
Secretary of War
Patrick J. Hurley (1929–1933)
James W. Good (1929–1929)
Secretary of Commerce
Robert P. Lamont (1929–1932)
Roy D. Chapin (1932–1933)
Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew W. Mellon (1929–1932)
Ogden L. Mills (1932–1933)
Attorney General
William DeWitt Mitchell (1929–1933)
Secretary of Agriculture
Arthur M. Hyde (1929–1933)
Secretary of Labor
James J. Davis (1929–1930)
William N. Doak (1930–1933)
Postmaster General
Walter F. Brown (1929–1933)
Secretary of the Interior
Ray L. Wilbur (1929–1933)
Secretary of the Navy
Charles F. Adams (1929–1933)

Consulting Editor: David E. Hamilton

Professor Hamilton is an associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky. His writings include:

From New Day to New Deal: American Farm Policy from Hoover to Roosevelt, 1928–1933 (University of North Carolina Press, 1991)