Skip to comments.Herbert Hoover: Indian Reservation, Engineer, WWI Relief, President, Middle East, Communism, (TR)
Posted on 08/11/2019 5:21:02 AM PDT by Perseverando
Herbert Clark Hoover was born AUGUST 10, 1874, in West Branch, Iowa.
At the age of 6, his father died.
Herbert was sent to live on the Osage Indian Reservation in Oklahoma with his Quaker uncle, who was an Indian agent.
There he made many Indian friends and attended the "Indian Sunday-School." Herbert Hoover was the only U.S. President to have lived on an Indian reservation.
His Canadian-born Quaker mother, Hulda, taught Sunday School and spoke at the Friend's Meeting House.
She died when he was only nine years old.
In 1885, the orphaned Herbert Hoover went to live with another Quaker uncle in Newberg, Oregon, where he was one of the first students to attend Friend's Pacific Academy (renamed George Fox University in 1949 in honor of the 17th century founder of the Quakers).
In 1891, he was accepted into Stanford University's inaugural class, being the first student to live in the dormitory.
He worked his way through school doing laundry, delivering papers, and working for the U.S. Geological Survey.
Herbert graduated from Stanford in 1895 with a degree in geology, and in 1897, he sailed across the ocean to work as a mining engineer in Western Australia.
In 1898, while overseas, he cabled a marriage proposal to Miss Lou Henry, with whom he had fallen in love with at Stanford.
She wired back her acceptance.
They were both 24 years old when they married on February 10, 1899.
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Hoover was an extraordinary human being, a great American and uniquely productive. This is an excellent piece. (Among other things it reminds us that Arab kings were opposed to Israel, not that they peacefully set aside land and welcomed them to the neighborhood because of their distress over the holocaust...worse than fiction that lie is).
It’s sad to see that Hoover who did so much good in the world was not able to implement his vision as President....
Bummer that Hoover doesn’t get mentioned much.
The quintessential 1920s president. Perfect for the time.
The guy even took a presidential pension years later just so Truman would not be embarrassed taking one because he left the WH virtually broke.
The left vilify him all the time.
One of the most brilliant and successful presidents Coolidge, thought Hoover a moron. Later his vice president proved him right
Thank you for the link.
I’ve been to his birthplace and presidential library in West Branch many times. But I learned an awful lot I did NOT know from this.
I also remember my mother and aunt taking me to hear him speak at an event in West Branch when I was a wee child. I don’t remember much about it. Only that we sat on a blanket and I was not able to see who he was being a child and probably very far away.
Hoover’s election shows the dangers of having a technocrat as President... Jimmy Carter seconded that “learning experience.”
Superb engineer, wonderful humanitarian, lousy President.
I wonder how things would have turned out if Benjamin Strong’s death hadn’t allowed the Federal Reserve to cause the Great Depression.
FDR’s legacy kept whites on the Democrat plantation just as LBJ’s kept Blacks on the Democrat plantation.
Don’t blame Hoover for the Great Depression. Greenspan admitted it was the Federal Reserve that caused it. It was FDR’s stupidity that continued it.
Herbert Hoover, known as the Great Humanitarian, probably saved more lives than any other person in history
Amazing how they still continue to do so. In his bestseller One Summer: America, 1927 (New York: Random House, 2013), Bill Bryson charged that Hoover was a totally humorless and dishonest money-grubber and that his considerable charitable activities were motivated by greed and involved massive corruption. Bryson's sole source of evidence for these charges was a campaign book promoting Franklin D. Roosevelt during the 1932 presidential campaign that the author repudiated after FDR won the election.
Good president? Bad president? I’ll leave that to others. But definitely a great man and a uniquely American life.
Hoover was a brilliant engineer and businessman but he believed strongly in big government. He was a technocrat who thought he could wield government with surgical precision to engineer solutions to anything. Consequently he kept trying to “fix” what became the great depression with more and bigger government meddling. His good intentions made the depression worse. He was basically no different than FDR, he was just the guy everyone blame while FDR, doing very similar stuff, was considered a heroic champion of the little guy.
Most of the New Deal was more or less a continuation of policies already started under Hoover.
And FDR gets credit for getting us out of the great depression. It got worse under him and his massive government expansions and wage controls and all that - objectively by the statistics - and it only really ended with WW2 (basically the government employed everyone directly in the service or indirectly in war production while putting massive restraints on what people could purchase for personal use i.e. rationing).
The Stock Market crashed just eight months into Hoover’s term in office.
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