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Herbert Clark Hoover

Herbert Hoover was a self-made multi-millionaire when he entered public life. After World War I began, he took on the task of distributing food to the Belgian people. He then became food administrator in the United States, supervising the production and distribution of food for American soldiers and civilians, as well as the nation's allies. He succeeded so well that President Warren G. Harding appointed him Secretary of Commerce in 1921, a position he held until running for President in 1928.

Chronology of His Life and Career

Herbert Hoover's Birthplace August 10, 1874 Born in West Branch, Iowa.
  1880 His father, Jesse Clark Hoover, died.
  1884 His mother, Hulda Minthorn Hoover, died.
  1885 Sent to live with his uncle, John Minthorn, in Oregon.
  1895 Graduated from Stanford University.
    Worked at a gold mine near Nevada City, California.
  1897 Became managing engineer of gold mines in Australia.
  1898 Became Chief Engineer of the Chinese Imperial Bureau of Mines.
  February 10, 1899 Married Lou Henry.
  June 1900 Helped defend Tientsin, China, during the Boxer Rebellion.
  1908 Established his own mine engineering firm.
  1914 Headed the Commission for the Relief of Belgium.
  1917 Named United States Food Administrator.
European Relief 1918 Appointed head of the European Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.
Palo Alto home 1919-1920 Built a home in Palo Alto, California.
  1919 Founded the Hoover Library on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University.
Secretary of Commerce 1921 Appointed Secretary of Commerce.
President Herbert Hoover 1928 Elected President of the United States.
  1944 Mrs. Lou Henry died.
Famine Emergency Commission 1945 Named chairman of the Famine Emergency Commission.
  1947 Named chairman of the Hoover Commission.
  1954 The Herbert Hoover Foundation was established.
  April 19, 1958 Had his gall bladder removed.
  April 1958 Published The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson.
  July 1958 Visited the Brussels World's Fair as President Dwight Eisenhower's personal representative.
1958 August 10, 1958 Celebrated his 84th birthday.
  August 27, 1958 Earmarked his $25,000-a-year government pension for public service activities and charities.
Herbert Hoover's grave October 20, 1964 Died in New York City.

Official Websites

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

See Also

World War I
President Warren G. Harding
Secretary of Commerce
Brussels World's Fair
New York City

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