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Herbert Hoover


The 31st president of america who helped provide humanitarian relief to Belgium during World War I and was most widely known for his mishandling of the fantastic Depression. He proved helpful as the pupil manager from the soccer and baseball groups while participating in Stanford School. He was a mildly prolific writer, launching 16 books during his life time, the last which was about angling, titled Angling for Fun–and to clean Your Spirit. His parents had been Jesse Hoover, a blacksmith and plantation implement tale owner, and Hulda Randall Hoover. He was wedded to Lou Henry from 1899 until her loss of life in 1944. He and Harry S. Truman became good friends after Globe Battle II and Truman appointed him towards the Hoover Payment with the purpose of removing waste materials and inefficiency from federal government.

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Full Name Herbert Hoover
Date Of Birth August 10, 1874
Died October 20, 1964, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth West Branch, IA
Height 1.82 m
Profession US President
Education Stanford University, George Fox University
Nationality American
Spouse Lou Henry Hoover
Children Allan Hoover, Herbert Hoover Jr.
Parents Hulda Hoover, Jesse Hoover
Siblings Theodore J. Hoover, Mary Hoover
Awards Hoover Medal, John Fritz Medal, Public Welfare Medal
Star Sign Leo

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1Inducted into the Philanthropy Hall of Fame.
2Inducted into the Australian Prospectors & Miners' Hall of Fame.
3On August 10, 1964, he became the second former US President to reach the age of 90 (the first was John Adams).
4Is of German and Irish descent.
5Great-grandfather of Margaret Hoover.
6In 1949, he declined an offer by New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey to be appointed to the U.S. Senate, due to an unexpected vacancy.
7In his last will and testament, executed in August 1964, he left the bulk of his estate, believed to be worth millions of dollars to a trust established in 1961 for the benefit of his heirs. He also left specific bequests totaling $140,000 to six female secretaries.
8When in the public service, as Secretary of Commerce and as President, he donated all of his salary to charity and public service activities. He did the same in 1958, when $25,000 per year pensions were approved for all former presidents.
9According to Joe Garagiola, when Hoover met Yogi Berra, he said, "You amaze me Yogi, you've now become such a world figure that you drew more applause, yesterday, than either Prime Minister Nehru or Herbert Hoover". Berra replied, "I'm a better hitter".
10Hoover's criticism of "Franklin D. Roosevelt''s New Deal policies as "collectivism" so enraged the four-term president that he refused to allow Hoover any governmental role during World War II, though he wanted to serve his country. After Roosevelt died in 1945, his successor, Harry S. Truman, appointed Hoover to oversee relief efforts in Europe, as he had done so admirably after the First World War. At the time, Hoover was the only living ex-president, and though the two had differing governmental philosophies, Hoover was the only person Truman could turn to for advice about the presidency.
11Both he and his wife spoke fluent Mandarin Chinese. They would often speak Mandarin Chinese in the White House when they did not want guests to know what they were talking about.
12His name is mentioned in the song "Those Were the Days", the opening theme of the TV series All in the Family (1971).
13First of only two Quaker presidents, the second being Richard Nixon
14Officially opened Manhattan's Empire State Building by pressing a button at the White House that instantly switched on the skyscraper's lights [May 1, 1931]
15Was the first of two U.S. Presidents to refuse a presidential salary (the second was John F. Kennedy).
16Dropped to fourth place among the longest-lived U.S. presidents, after been passed by Ronald Reagan (b. February 6, 1911), and Gerald Ford (b. July 14, 1913).
17Contrary to popular belief, he was not related to J. Edgar Hoover.
18Secretary of Commerce (1921-1928).
19Mining Engineer (1896-1914).
20Eighth cousin once removed of President Richard Nixon.
21Pictured on a 5¢ US commemorative postage stamp issued in his honor, 10 August 1965 (first anniversary of his birthday following his death).
22Inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame, Leadville, Colorado in 1988 (charter member).
23Was the first President born west of the Mississippi River
24Was the 31st President of the United States (1929 - 1933)



Person to Person1960TV Series documentaryHimself
See It Now1954TV Series documentaryHimself
Amerikka auttaa1946Documentary shortHimself
Hearst Metrotone News Vol. 3 #2201931Documentary shortHimself - Former US President
Public Be Damned1917Himself

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The Bubble2015Documentary completedHimself
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Jeopardy!2014TV SeriesHimself
Grave of the Zombie Antelope2013Himself
The Untold History of the United States2012TV Series documentaryHimself - President of the United States
Prohibition2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The History of Hoover Dam2010Documentary shortHimself
American Experience1990-2009TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - President of the United States
Landslide: A Portrait of President Herbert Hoover2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Oskari Tokoi (1873 - 1963)2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper2005DocumentaryHimself
Save Our History2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Century of the Self2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
10,000 Black Men Named George2002TV MovieHimself - 31st President of the United States
Modern Marvels1999-2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Century: America's Time1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Great Depression1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Cold War1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America1997TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
1914-19181996TV Mini-SeriesHimself (uncredited)
Biography1995-1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside the White House1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Great Depression1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Stalking the President: A History of American Assassins1992DocumentaryHimself - Leaves White House
Washes Whiter1990TV Series documentaryHimself - Hoover commercial
The Road to War1989TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Going Hollywood: The '30s1984Documentary
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975DocumentaryHimself
Project XX1956-1961TV Series documentaryHimself - President / Himself - President of the United States
Näin syntyi nykypäivä... 1900-19501951DocumentaryHimself
The Littlest Expert on My Favorite President1951ShortHimself
Fifty Years Before Your Eyes1950DocumentaryHimself
The Golden Twenties1950DocumentaryHimself
You Were Meant for Me1948Himself - President of the U.S.A. (uncredited)
Prelude to War1942DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Roaring Twenties1939Himself (uncredited)
The Little Giant1933In Election Montage (uncredited)

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1[The American people must not] set ourselves up as the oracle of righteousness in age-old quarrels that began before our nation was born.
2[to his advisers in the 1928 presidential election campaign] I'll not kiss any babies.
3The fate of civilization depends on whether the American people are willing to make a sacrifice for the next four months, if they are willing to save the world from chaos.
4[from a radio address, April 1946] Of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the one named War has gone - at least for a while. But Famine, Pestilence and Death are still charging over the earth. Hunger is a silent visitor who comes like a shadow. He sits beside every anxious mother three times each day. He brings not alone suffering and sorrow, but fear and terror. He carries disorder and the paralysis of government, and even its downfall. He is more destructive than armies, not only in human life but in morals. All of the values of right living melt before his invasions, and every grain of civilization crumbles.
5Baseball is the greatest of all team sports.
6Through baseball we channel boys desire for exercise and let off their explosive violence without letting them get into the police court.
7The rigid volunteer rules of right and wrong in sports are second only to religious faith in moral training.
8Next to religion, baseball has furnished a greater impact on American life than any other institution.
9What the world needs today is a definite, spiritual mobilization of the nations who believe in God against this tide of Red agnosticism. ...And in rejecting an atheistic other world, I am confident that the Almighty God will be with us." -- "Address upon the American Road 1948-1950", p66, in which Hoover proposed abolishing the United Nations in favor of "cooperation of God-fearing free nations
10Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow, and the triumphs that are aftermath of war.
11A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.
12Engineering is a great profession. There is the satisfaction of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings homes to men or women. Then it elevates the standard of living and adds to the comforts of life. This is the engineer's high privilege.
13Above all, we know that although Americans can be led to make great sacrifices, they do not like to be driven.
14America - a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.
15Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.
16My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor. In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope.
17About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.
18Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt.
19Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of "Emergency". It was a tactic of Lenin, Hitler and Mussolini.... The invasion of New Deal Collectivism was introduced by this same Trojan horse.
20The recognition of Russia on November 16, 1933, started forces which were to have considerable influence in the attempt to collectivize the United States.
21Every expansion of government in business means that government in order to protect itself from the political consequences of its errors and wrongs is driven irresistibly without peace to greater and greater control of the nation's press and platform. Free speech does not live many hours after free industry and free commerce die.
22I am convinced that ... we have reestablished confidence. Wages should remain stable. A very large degree of industrial unemployment and suffering which would otherwise have occurred has been prevented.
23The ancient bitter opposition to improved methods [of production] on the ancient theory that it more than temporarily deprives men of employment ... has no place in the gospel of American progress.
24Our fathers and grandfathers who poured over the Midwest were self-reliant, rugged, God-fearing people of indomitable courage.... They asked only for freedom of opportunity and equal chance. In these conceptions lies the real basis of American democracy. They and their fathers give a genius to American institutions that distinguished our people from any other in the world.
25This is not a showman's job. I will not step out of character.
26The President is not only the leader of a party, he is the President of the whole people. He must interpret the conscience of America. He must guide his conduct by the idealism of our people.
27Prosperity cannot be restored by raids upon the public Treasury.
28I, with other Americans, have perhaps unduly resented the stream of criticism of American life ... more particularly have I resented the sneers at Main Street. For I have known that in the cottages that lay behind the street rested the strength of our national character.
29With impressive proof on all sides of magnificent progress, no one can rightly deny the fundamental correctness of our economic system.
30In the larger view the major forces of the depression now lie outside of the United States, and our recuperation has been retarded by the unwarranted degree of fear and apprehension created by these outside forces.
31[N]o country can squander itself to prosperity on the ruin of its taxpayers.
32Economic depression can not be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement.
33The office ... make[s] its incumbent a repair man behind a dyke. No sooner is one leak plugged than it is necessary to dash over and stop another that has broken out. There is no end to it.
34Kipling's 'Recessional' really did something to England when it was published. It helped them through a bad time. Let me know if you find any great poems lying around.
35No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred on an American than to have a public school named after him.
36I'm the only person of distinction who has ever had a depression named for him.
37The thing I enjoyed most were visits from children. They did not want public office.
38The glory of the nation rests in the character of her men. And character comes from boyhood. Thus every boy is a challenge to his elders.
39Children are our most valuable natural resource.
40When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.
41The Union has become not merely a physical union of states, but rather a spiritual union in common ideals of our people. Within it is room for every variety of opinion, every possible experiment in social progress. Out of such variety comes growth, but only if we preserve and maintain our spiritual solidarity.
42The slogan of progress is changing from the full dinner pail to the full garage.
43There are only three ways to meet the unpaid bills of a nation. The first is taxation. The second is repudiation. The third is inflation.
44Economic freedom cannot be sacrificed if political freedom is to be preserved.
45[Said during the Great Depression] "Prosperity is just around the corner".
46Many years ago I concluded that a few hair shirts were part of the mental wardrobe of every man. The President differs only from other men in that he has a more extensive wardrobe.

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