Herbert Hoover. Herbert Hoover was the thirty-first President of the United States of America. Herbert Hoover had a very different rise to becoming President than his predecessor. Calvin Coolidge held a series of political offices before becoming President. Herbert Hoover was the United States Secretary of Commerce for several years, however was really known as a mining engineer, civil engineer, businessman, and humanitarian.
Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch, Iowa. Both of his parents were Quakers, which he became as well. Both of his parents died when he was young. He and his brother and sister became guardians of a fellow Quaker. Herbert Hoover attended George Fox University and then Stanford University graduating with a degree in geology. He became a mining engineer and worked in Australia and then China. He married Lou Henry and they had two sons. Success with mining companies led to him becoming a wealthy man by 1914. When World War I broke out in 1914, Herbert Hoover became a humanitarian.
Herbert Hoover helped organize for the return of over a hundred thousand Americans from Europe at the start of the war. He also led volunteers and distributed food, clothing, and money. He undertook a part in relief efforts to European countries as well. He continued to help feed starving people in Europe following the end of the war. He became famous and celebrated as a humanitarian and public servant.
Shortly after becoming President the 1929 Stock Market Crash led to the Great Depression. He was active and did try to combat the Great Depression. He believed himself to be a progressive and a reformer. He believed citizens should participate in volunteerism as well. He worked for veterans’ hospitals, national parks, a Children’s Charter, prison reform, home-ownership, and many more acts and programs. Many historians rank his presidency in the middle.
Herbert Hoover stayed involved in politics following his presidency. He did attempt to become President again, but this did not happen. He wrote full-time as well. He finished his last book when he was 90 shortly before he died. There are many tributes to him today including the Hoover Dam. Feel inspired. Have a bright day!