Fact Sheet on
Herbert Hoover
When and where was Herbert Hoover born?August 10, 1874 in West Branch, Iowa.
When did Hoover serve as President of the U.S.?March 4, 1929 - March 4,1933
(31st President of the U. S. )
What did Hoover do before he was President?He was a successful mining engineer and businessman until he began his public service work in 1914. After heading the Commission for Relief in Belgium, he was U.S. Food Administrator from 1917 - 1919; Secretary of Commerce from 1921 - 1928 under Coolidge and Harding. During this time he was also chairman of many committees and commissions.
What were some of the accomplishments of the Hoover Administration?

Economic Reforms
  • Reconstruction Finance Corporation
  • Federal Farm Board
  • Reform of Banking Laws
  • Home Loan Banks
Domestic Reforms
  • Inland Waterways improved
  • Extensive public works projects
  • Prison reform initiated
  • Indian policy reformed
  • Improved law enforcement
  • Veteran's Administration established
Foreign Policy
  • London Naval Treaty.
  • Disarmament
  • Beginnings of "Good Neighbor Policy" with South America
  • Policy of non
  • intervention in the affairs of foreign countries
What were Hoover's guiding principles?Throughout his life he emphasized:
  • compassion for children
  • elimination of waste
  • volunteerism
  • equal opportunity, and individual achievement
Where did Hoover live after the Presidency?In Palo Alto, CA and in an apartment in the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
What did Hoover do after his presidency?
Mr. Hoover devoted his post-presidential years to a wide range of civic and humanitarian causes. He was honorary chair of the Boys Clubs of America, a cofounder of UNICEF and CARE, and chairman of two commissions reorganizing the Federal government. He also wrote 40+ books and gave many speeches on a wide range of public issues.
When did Hoover die?On October 20, 1964 he died at the age of 90.
Was Hoover married and did he have children?

President Hoover married Miss Lou Henry in 1899. She had met Hoover at Stanford University where they were both students in the geology department.

The Hoovers had two children. Herbert, Jr. was born in London in 1903. Allan was born in London in 1907. Both are deceased.

Where are the Hoovers buried?On a hill overlooking the birthplace cottage on the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branches Iowa.

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