Compatriot President: Herbert Clark Hoover
Herbert Clark Hoover
31st President of the US
Herbert C. Hoover served one term as our 31st President from 1929 to 1933. Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch, IA, on August 10, 1874. He was orphaned at an early age and lived with an uncle in Oregon. In 1891, Hoover graduated from Stanford University. He pursued mining engineering in many parts of the world – Australia, Africa, and China. While in China he directed food relief operations for victims of the Boxer Rebellion.
When World War I began, Hoover was a wealthy mining engineer. He was appointed Chairman of the American Relief Commission, then Chairman of the Commission for Belgium Relief, and then US Food Administrator. He was recognized as a great humanitarian and an excellent administrator.
Herbert Hoover’s Revolutionary War ancestor was Jacobus Wynne, a private in the first Regiment, Ulster County Militia, New York Troops. Another ancestor was Isaac Sherman, Lieutenant in the Second Regiment of the New York Line. On November 1, 1928, President Hoover accepted an invitation to join the Pennsylvania Society of the SAR. He visited the SAR National Headquarters on 16th Street to be inducted into membership.
Hoover served in both President Harding’s cabinet and President Coolidge’s cabinet. When Coolidge chose not to run for re-election, Herbert Hoover was elected President. Hoover worked conscientiously at being a good President and is wrongly judged because of the Great Depression. In 1929 the stock market crashed and the economy collapsed. There was widespread unemployment. Hoover was defeated by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
At the conclusion of World War II President Truman appointed Hoover as Coordinator of the European Food Program. Later, he was appointed Chairman of the Commission to Reorganize the Executive Branch.
Hoover died in New York City on October 20, 1964, at the age of 90. 31 years and seven months after leaving office. President Hoover is buried at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa.