Herbert Hoover

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31st President Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933

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

Full Name: Herbert Clark Hoover
Nickname: None listed.

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

Father: Jesse Clark Hoover (1849-1880)
Mother: Hulda Randall Minthorn Hoover (1849-1884)
Married: Lou Henry (1875-1944), on February 10, 1899
Children: Herbert Clark Hoover, Jr. (1903-1969); Allan Henry Hoover (1907-1993)

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 Harding)
  • Secretary of Commerce, 1923-28 (under Coolidge)

Presidential Salary: $75,000/year

Presidential Election Results:

YearCandidatePopular VotesElectoral Votes
1928Herbert Hoover21,391,993444
(map)Alfred E. Smith15,016,16987

YearCandidatePopular VotesElectoral Votes
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt22,809,638472
(map)Herbert Hoover15,758,90159

Vice President: Charles Curtis (1929-33)


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 Justices:
Charles Evans Hughes, Chief (1930-1941)
Owen Josephus Roberts (1930-1945)
Benjamin N. Cardozo (1932-1938)

Notable Events:
Internet Biographies:
Herbert Hoover -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
Compiled by the White House.
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 Encyclopaedia Britannica
Facts about Hoover and his presidency.
Herbert Hoover -- from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
Includes a media gallery and list of works published by Hoover.
Historical Documents:
First Inaugural Address (1929)
Herbert Hoover Digital Collections - from the Library of Congress


Other Internet Resources:
The Best Biographies of Herbert Hoover
In 2012, Stephen Floyd started his search for the best biography of each president. He usually has reviews of multiple biographies for each president.
Health and Medical History of Herbert Hoover
Medical background of each president with references. Compiled by John Sotos, MD.
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.
Hoover Institution Library & Archives
Founded by Hoover in 1919, dedicated to documenting war, revolution, and peace. Located at Stanford University.
Points of Interest:

434 Galvez Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

210 Parkside Dr, West Branch, IA 52358

Additional Facts:
  • Hoover was the first president born west of the Mississippi River.
  • Hoover became an orphan at age 9.
  • Hoover participated in the first long-distance television broadcast.
  • Hoover was the first president to have a telephone at his desk.
  • Hoover was in the inaugural class at Stanford University.
  • Hoover and his wife, Lou, spoke Chinese when they wanted a private conversation.
  • Hoover is the only president to have been Secretary of Commerce.
  • Hoover is the only president to have been an engineer.
  • Hoover was the first president to win election with a Native American vice president.

“Be patient and calm; no one can catch a fish with anger.”

“Peace is not made at the Council table or by treaties, but in the hearts of men.”

“Absolute freedom of the press to discuss public questions is a foundation stone of American liberty.”

“Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt.”

Previous President: Calvin Coolidge
Next President: Franklin D. Roosevelt