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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.”

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Lost and Found – July 28th Edition

What to remember about July 28th…

  • 1746  Thomas Heyward, Jr is born in South Carolina; signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • 1776  Colonial forces from Massachusetts arrive to fortify Horn’s Hook, New York
  • 1864  Battle of Ezra Church in Georgia; General Sherman’s hold on Atlanta remains unbroken
  • 1868  Ratification of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution is certified by Secretary of State Seward; due process and citizenship affirmed
  • 1914  Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia; World War I begins
  • 1929  Jacqueline Lee Bouvier is born in Southampton, New York; marries John F. Kennedy in 1953
  • 1932  President Herbert Hoover orders the army to forcibly remove demonstrating veterans from Washington, D.C.
  • 1935  1st flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
  • 1945  U.S. Senate approves the charter of the United Nations
  • 1945  B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building
  • 1978  National Lampoon’s Animal House is released
  • 1998  Monica Lewinsky granted blanket immunity by Special Prosecutor about her relationship with President Bill Clinton

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Lost and Found – June 17th Edition

What to remember about June 17th…

  • 1579  Sir Frances Drake claims Nova Albion (California) for Britain
  • 1775  Battle of Bunker Hill (Breeds Hill); Patriot General William Prescott reportedly tells his men, “Don’t one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes!”
  • 1885  Statue of Liberty arrives in America aboard French ship Isere;  hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers line shore to welcome it
  • 1930  Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill signed into law By President Hoover
  • 1940  French announce plans to surrender to Germany
  • 1953  Soviet tanks and troops crush pro-democracy protests in East Berlin; exposes communism as a violent and oppressive fraud
  • 1963  SCOTUS decides Abington Township School district v. Schempp; required reading of Bible in schools unconstitutional
  • 1972  5 men arrested breaking into DNC offices at Watergate Hotel; ensuing cover-up leads to resignation of President Richard Nixon
  • 1994  O.J. Simpson arrested for murder after low-speed chase
  • 2015  White supremacist Dylan Roof kills 9 and wounds 1 at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC.  He is arrested in North Carolina.

 

Lost and Found – June 1st Edition

What to remember about June 1st…

  • 1779  Court martial convenes in Philadelphia for Benedict Arnold on 13 counts of misbehavior including misusing finds and equipment
  • 1792  Kentucky is admitted to the Union as 15th state
  • 1796  Tennessee  is admitted to the Union as 16th state
  • 1812  President James Madison asks Congress for declaration of war against the United Kingdom
  • 1864  Union and Confederate forces clash over crossroads; Battle of Cold Harbor has begun
  • 1868  Former 15th President James Buchanan dies (b. 1791)
  • 1900  Future President Herbert Hoover and his wife are trapped in China as Boxer Rebellion breaks out
  • 1926  Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker is born in Los Angeles (d. 1962); “Marilyn Monroe” goes on to success as singer and actress
  • 1941  After 20,000 German paratroopers drop on island to spearhead invasion, Allied troops evacuate and Crete falls to the Axis
  • 1942  News of the gassing of Jews at Nazi death camps in Poland is revealed in the press for the 1st time
  • 1968  American author and activist Helen Keller dies (b. 1880); deaf and blind she learned to communicate and set example of achievement
  • 1990  President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign agreement in Washington, D.C. to end production of chemical weapons and begin the destruction of stockpiles
  • 2001  Islamic Palestinian terrorist of Hamas kills 21 teens and injures 132 in homicide bombing attack on nightclub in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 2009  General Motors files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy becoming the largest U.S. industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection
  • 2011  NASA Space Shuttle Endeavor completes its final mission and lands before decommissioning

Lost and Found – February 10th Edition

What to remember about February 10th…

  • 1763  Seven Years’ War (aka French and Indian War) ends with France, Britain, and Spain signing Treaty of Paris; French losses will help spur assistance to American colonies when revolution breaks out
  • 1846  After death of their leader Joseph Smith, Mormon settlers flee Illinois; 12,000 start on exodus that will end in Utah’s Great Basin
  • 1899  Future 31st President Herbert Hoover marries school sweetheart Lou Henry at her parents home in California
  • 1957  American author of “Little House” series Laura Ingalls Wilder dies in Missouri (b 1867)
  • 1962  Captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers is released by Soviets in exchange for convicted Russian spy Rudolf Abel
  • 1965  Vietnamese suicide bombers attack American barracks in Qui Nhon killing 23 U.S. personnel
  • 1967  Presidential succession procedure established by ratification of 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • 2008  Senator Barack Hussein Obama II (D – Illinois) announces candidacy to seek presidency with speech in Springfield, Illinois

Lost and Found – October 20th Edition

What to remember about October 20th…

  • 1774  Continental Congress calls for ban on all trade between America and Great Britain
  • 1803  U.S. Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase
  • 1931  New York Yankees baseball legend Mickey Mantle is born (d. 1995)
  • 1944  General MacArthur fulfills his promise and returns to the Philippine Islands with U.S. forces
  • 1947  The House Un-American Committee begins investigations of communist infiltration of Hollywood
  • 1964  31st President of the United States Herbert Clark Hoover dies in New York City (b.1874)
  • 1977  Members of legendary rock band Lynard Skynard die in plane crash
  • 1981  Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army terrorists kill 2 police and a guard in an armored car robbery
  • 2007  Piyush “Bobby” Jindal (R – LA) becomes the first Indian American elected governor of a state In the U.S.
  • 2011  Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is killed by rebels (b. 1942)

Lost and Found – October 9th Edition

What to remember about October 9th…

  • 1635  Religious dissident Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony; he and his followers go on to found Rhode Island and the 1st Baptist church in America
  • 1701  Collegiate School of Connecticut is chartered in Old Saybrook; later renamed later as Yale University
  • 1888  Washington Monument opens to the public for the 1st time; construction began in 1848
  • 1936  Hoover Dam begins generating electricity for California
  • 1967  Communist rebel and murderer Ernesto “Che” Guevara de la Serna is executed by the Bolivian army
  • 2001  Second mailing of letters in the Anthrax Attacks
  • 2009  Awards committee announces that President Barack Hussein Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize

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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.”

Lost and Found – August 10th Edition

What to remember about August 10th…

  • 1776  Declaration of Independence arrives in England
  • 1821  Missouri enters the Union as 24th state
  • 1846  President James Polk signs the Smithsonian Institution Act; created with money gifted by English scientist James Smithson
  • 1874  Herbert Hoover is born in West Branch, Iowa (d. 1964); he will become the 31st President of the United States
  • 1877  Presbyterian missionary Amanda McFarland is first white women to settle in Ft.Wrangle, Alaska; takes charge of school
  • 1945  Japan sends word to Allies that they will surrender with one condition – Emperor Hirohito must remain the hereditary monarch
  • 1961  Agent Orange used for the 1st time by the U.S. in Vietnam
  • 1969  Manson cult members continue killing spree with murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca
  • 1977  New York City police arrest David Berkowitz for “Son of Sam” murders
  • 1988  President Reagan signs act authorizing compensation for Japanese Americans interred or relocated during WWII
  • 1995  Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh indicted for Oklahoma City Bombing; Michael Fortier makes a deal and testifies against them
  • 2011  China begins sea-trials of their 1st aircraft carrier ex-Varyag

Lost and Found – July 28th Edition

What to remember about July 28th…

  • 1746  Thomas Heyward, Jr is born in South Carolina; signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • 1776  Colonial forces from Massachusetts arrive to fortify Horn’s Hook, New York
  • 1864  Battle of Ezra Church in Georgia; General Sherman’s hold on Atlanta remains unbroken
  • 1868  Ratification of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution is certified by Secretary of State Seward; due process and citizenship affirmed
  • 1914  Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia; World War I begins
  • 1929  Jacqueline Lee Bouvier is born in Southampton, New York; marries John F. Kennedy in 1953
  • 1932  President Herbert Hoover orders the army to forcibly remove demonstrating veterans from Washington, D.C.
  • 1935  1st flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
  • 1945  U.S. Senate approves the charter of the United Nations
  • 1945  B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building
  • 1978  National Lampoon’s Animal House is released
  • 1998  Monica Lewinsky granted blanket immunity by Special Prosecutor about her relationship with President Bill Clinton

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