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|An Overview of Herbert Hoover'
Herbert Hoover was an extremely successful business man and public official when he was elected President in 1928. He entered the White House at a time of great prosperity, and Americans expected him to lead them on to even better days. Unfortunately, seven months after he took office, the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began.
Although neither Hoover nor his policies had anything to do with the stock market crash and resultant Depression, he became the focus of the public's wrath. He appeared to act slowly in the emergency, but in reality he was the first President to use the power of the federal government to fight a depression. His own personal wealth undoubtedly made it even harder for him to appear concerned about the economic plight of average Americans, and he was resoundingly defeated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932.
Notes and Trivia
Hoover was the first self-made multi-millionarie to become President.
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