Presidential Trivia – Herbert Hoover

Think you know a lot about the President of the United States?  Let us dig down into the dustbin of history and see what we can find.

Our candidate today is:  Herbert Clark Hoover; 31st President of the United States

  • Born: August 10, 1874 in West Branch, Iowa
  • Died: October 20, 1964 in New York City, New York
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Childhood and school activities:  Orphaned at age 12; left school at 14 to work in real estate; student manager of baseball and football teams at Stanford
  • Education:  attended Friends Pacific Academy (now George Fox University) for 2 years; graduated from Stanford University with a degree in geology – member of 1st class at Stanford University
  • Military Service:  none
  • Civilian profession:  Mining and Civil Engineer, Investor, Humanitarian
  • Married to  Lou Henry (March 29, 1974 to January 7, 1944) at her parents home in Monterey, California on February 10, 1899
  • Children: Herbert Charles Jr., Allan Henry
  • Political Party: Republican
  • Term of office: March 4, 1929 to March 4, 1933
  • Deeply involved in providing food and economic aid to countries devastated by WWI as well as evacuating Americans from the war zones.
  • Worked in and later owned gold and silver mines around the world
  • Prior government service as head of U.S. Food Administration and Secretary of Commerce.
  • Presided over the Great Depression as well as the Stock Market crash; signed Smoot-Hawley tariff Act
  • His Vice-President, Charles Curtis, was first Native American to hold the office; Kaw, Osage, and Pottawatomie ancestry
  • While in office, donated his salary to charity
  • Shortly before his death, he endorsed Barry Goldwater for President
  • Hobbies:  fishing, writing – Hoover authored several books during his lifetime including Fishing for Fun: and to Wash Your Soul
  • Famous quotes:

“We are now speeding down the road of wasteful spending and debt, and unless we can escape, we will be smashed in inflation.”

“Every time the government is forced to act, we lose something in self-reliance, character, and initiative.”

“The sole function of Government is to bring about a condition of affairs favorable to the beneficial development of private enterprise.”

“The course of unbalanced budgets is the road to ruin.”

“When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.”

“It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.”

One response to “Presidential Trivia – Herbert Hoover

  1. Brilliant post! I find it amazing that people have not discovered the real Herbert Hoover. It is lazy history that created the image of Herbert Hoover with which we are familiar. Thank you for pointing out has positive qualities. I think he was a great man and a good president.