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Herbert Hoover (1874 – 1964)

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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… more life in brief »

Essays about Herbert Hoover

Facts about Herbert Hoover

Term
:
31st President of the United States (1929 – 1933)
Born
:
August 10, 1874, West Branch, Iowa
Political Party
:
Republican
Died
:
October 20, 1964
Nickname
:
None
Education
:
Stanford University (graduated 1895)
Religion
:
Society of Friends (Quaker)
Marriage
:
February 10, 1899, to Lou Henry (1875–1944)
Children
:
Herbert Clark (1903–1969), Allan Henry (1907–1993)
Career
:
Engineer
Buried
:
West Branch, Iowa
Writings

The Challenge of Liberty (1934), America’s First Crusade (1942), Memoirs (3 vols., 1951-52), The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson (1958)

Herbert Hoover Exhibits

‘“Philosophy of Rugged Individualism”’

On October 22, 1928, Herbert Hoover gave the penultimate speech of his successful presidential campaign entitled, "Principles and Ideals of the United States Government." In that speech, the self-made millionaire expressed his belief that the American system was based on "rugged individualism" and "self-reliance."

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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

Citation Information

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)

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