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President Herbert Hoover

Herbert Clark Hoover was born on August 10, 1874. He was the 31st President of the United States having served from 1929 to 1933. Other than his political career, Hoover was a professional mining engineer and author. During the 1920s, he served under Presidents Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge as the United States Secretary of Commerce. He promoted government intervention as "economic modernization."

During the presidential election of 1928, Hoover easily won the Republican nomination. Directly after the election, the nation was prosperous and optimistic. During his Efficiency Movement, part of the Progressive Era, he argued that a technical solution is available for every social and economic problem.

However, just a year after Hoover's election win, the Great Depresesion took place. He tried to combat the economic downturn with volunteer work and government actions, none produced economic recovery during his term. It is argued that his defeat in the 1932 election is in large part due to his inability to stop the Great Depression and his opposition to prohibition. He is also stated to have had a poor relationship with other politcians.

Herbert Hoover died on October 20, 1964.


About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.
Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt.
It is just as important that business keep out of government as that government keep out of business.
New discoveries in science will continue to create a thousand new frontiers for those who still would adventure.
There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.
Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.
Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next.
When we are sick, we want an uncommon doctor; when we have a construction job to do, we want an uncommon engineer, and when we are at war, we want an uncommon general. It is only when we get into politics that we are satisfied with the common man.
Peace is not made at the council table or by treaties, but in the hearts of men.
Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a worldwide depression all by myself.