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Herbert Hoover Biography and Facts For Kids


Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964), thirty-first president of the United States, could not halt the severest economic depression in American history because his governmental theories prevented him from taking drastic steps. Hoover was a professional mining engineer and author. As the United States Secretary of

Commerce in the 1920s under Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge, he promoted government intervention under the rubric “economic modernization”. In the presidential election of 1928, Hoover easily won the Republican nomination, despite having no previous elected office experience.

To date, Hoover is the last cabinet secretary to be directly elected President of the United States, as well as one of only two Presidents to have been elected President without electoral experience or high military rank. America was prosperous and optimistic at the time, leading to a landslide victory for Hoover over Democrat Al Smith.

On 2 August 1927, on a summer trip in South Dakota, President Calvin Coolidge distributed to reporters copies of a simple message: “I do not choose to run for President in nineteen twenty-eight.” He was quietly departing from a presidency that had quietly watched over a country enjoying what seemed to be permanent prosperity, and enormously proud of its institutions.

Fun Facts and Trivia about Herbert Hoover

When was Herbert Hoover born: August 10, 1874
Where wasHerbert Hoover born: West Branch, IA
What was Herbert Hoover’s job before becoming president: Engineer, Businessman
Who was Herbert Hoover married to: Lou Henry Hoover
What number president was Herbert Hoover: 31st
What political party did Herbert Hoover belong to: Republican
Who was Herbert Hoover’s vice president: Charles Curtis
When was Herbert Hoover president: 1929-1933
How many terms did Herbert Hoover serve as president: 1
When did Herbert Hoover die: October 20, 1964
How old was Herbert Hoover when he died: 90
Where is Herbert Hoover buried: West Branch, IA

Herbert Hoover Quotes

  • “In America today, we are nearer a final triumph over poverty than is any other land. “
  • “Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress. “
  • “New discoveries in science will continue to create a thousand new frontiers for those who still would adventure. “
  • “About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends. “
  • “Children are our most valuable natural resource. “
  • “This is not a showman’s job. I will not step out of character. “

Timeline of the Life of Herbert Hoover

1874 Born in West Branch, Iowa
1891 Enrolled at Stanford University
1898 Became Chief Engineer of the Chinese Imperial Bureau of Mines
1899 Married Lou Henry
1914 Headed the Commission for Relief in Belgium
1917 Appointed United States Food Administrator
1921 Became Secretary of Commerce
1928 Elected President of the United States
1929 Inaugurated as the 31st President of the United States
1929 The Stock Market crashed on October 29th, marked the start of the Great Depression
1932 More than 10,000,000 Americans are unemployed
1932 Lost the re-election for President
1933 Adolph Hitler became chancellor of Germany
1933 20th Amendment of the Constitution is adopted which made Hoover the last “lame duck” President
1934 Published his book The Challenge to Liberty
1947 Truman appointed Hoover chairman of the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government
1954 he Herbert Hoover Foundation was created by a group of friends
1964 Hoover died on October 20th at the age of 90 in New York City