Herbert Hoover

president of the United States from 1929 to 1933

Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964) was the 31st president of the United States from 1929 to 1933. He was a world-famous mining engineer and humanitarian administrator. As the United States Secretary of Commerce in the 1920s under Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge, he promoted economic modernization. Soon after he became president, the Great Depression started. Many people blamed Hoover for not doing enough to help people during that time and many had to live in shantytowns called "Hoovervilles".

Herbert Hoover
Hoover in 1928
31st President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933
Vice PresidentCharles Curtis
Preceded byCalvin Coolidge
Succeeded byFranklin D. Roosevelt
3rd United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
March 5, 1921 – August 21, 1928
PresidentWarren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Preceded byJoshua W. Alexander
Succeeded byWilliam F. Whiting
Personal details
Herbert Clark Hoover

(1874-08-10)August 10, 1874
West Branch, Iowa, U.S.
DiedOctober 20, 1964(1964-10-20) (aged 90)
New York, New York, U.S.
Resting placeHerbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
West Branch, Iowa
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lou Henry
(m. 1899—1944; her death)
ChildrenHerbert Clark Hoover, Jr.
Allan Henry Hoover
ResidenceStanford, California, U.S.
Alma materGeorge Fox University
Stanford University
ProfessionMining engineer
Civil engineer
SignatureCursive signature in ink

Before the presidency


He was born in West Branch, Iowa. He is the first president born west of the Mississippi River.

Herbert Hoover was a businessman. He was the United States Secretary of Commerce. In 1927, Hoover appeared in the first public demonstration of television broadcast.[1]

Hoover and his wife learned Mandarin Chinese while he worked in China. They used it in the White House so the White House staff wouldn't understand them.[2]



A couple months after he was elected, the stock market crashed and the Great Depression was beginning.

Unlike Andrew Mellon and Calvin Coolidge who believed that the federal government should keep its hands off the economy, Herbert Hoover believed that some action from the federal government is necessary.

While he opposed a welfare state which would give money to people for doing nothing, he wanted to create jobs through several government programs, including the construction of a huge dam which would be later named Hoover Dam.

The federal government received less money in tax revenues because of the bad economy, and the government was spending more money than it was taking in, so Hoover tried to increase the government's revenue to balance the budget. He signed the Revenue Act of 1932, which was a large tax increase. He also signed the largest tariff (a tax on goods that are traded between foreign countries and the United States) increase in American history which worsened the Great Depression, even though 1000 economists warned him not to sign that.

Hoover denied giving promised retirement money to poor World War 1 veterans (called the Bonus Army) earlier than what was agreed to, so they went on strike. Hoover ordered the United States army to force them to leave. It resulted in a bloody conflict which hurt Hoover's reputation.

Hoover was uncharismatic and did not relate to the people well, which made many people consider him as mean-spirited.

Hoover supported the very unpopular prohibition of alcohol, and did not want to make alcohol legal.

While Hoover did support some government involvement in the economy, he was against Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, because he thought it called for too much government involvement in the economy.

Due to his failure to fix the Great Depression, he lost the 1932 election to Franklin Roosevelt.

Hoover died at the age of 90 in his suite in New York City from gastrointestinal bleeding caused by colorectal cancer.


  1. "FIRST PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION OF INTER-CITY TELEVISION BROADCASTING". Science Service.si.ed. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  2. King, David (2009), Herbert Hoover, Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish, ISBN 978-0-7614-3626-3, retrieved March 22, 2010

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